Microsoft keeps banging the virtualization drum

Microsoft's "Get Virtual Now" U.S. tour kicks off on September 8. Ironically, three of the new technologies Microsoft is highlighting as part of the event aren't actually available yet.

Microsoft is continuing to tout its message that customers looking for virtualization wares from Microsoft can "Get Virtual Now."

Microsoft scheduled the September 8 kick-off of its U.S. virtualization tour one week before rival VMWare will hold its VMWare 2008 user conference in Las Vegas.

Ironically, three of the new technologies Microsoft is highlighting as part of the "Get Virtual Now" tour aren't actually available yet. These are:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, the standalone version of Microsoft's hypervisor, which will be released within 30 days and be available as a free download.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which will be released within 30 days.
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, which went gold last week, but won't be available to customers until Microsoft delivers the R2 version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008. The R2 MDOP release is "due for general availability in the coming weeks."

To me, the Microsoft Server and Tools unit's war on Linux seems to have been replaced with a full-out assault on VMWare these days. Do you think Microsoft now sees VMWare as more of a competitive threat than Linux?