Sun and Microsoft announced several developments this week in
to make it easier for customers to use our software and servers together in
virtual environments. We also showed off some demos at Microsoft’s 'Get
Virtual Now' customer event in Bellevue, Wash. on Monday.
Here are the highlights:
- The Sun xVM Server, a datacenter-grade hypervisor, will
be validated to work with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and prior versions.
- Sun and Microsoft are working
together to offer customers the Solaris OS as a certified guest on Windows
Server 2008 Hyper-V.
- Sun is providing Sun
Ray thin client customers the ability to access Windows as a guest OS running
on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
These announcements build on Sun’s current work with
Microsoft. As a Windows Server OEM,
Sun sells and supports Windows Server products on certified x64 servers and
blades and offers Windows Server utilities and value-added software. Sun also
provides solutions to enable major TCO savings for customers, such as Sun's
Infrastructure Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server.
In addition, Sun and Microsoft plan to integrate Sun xVM
Ops Center with Microsoft System Center
Configuration Manager 2007. This will mean that Sun customers will be able to
use a single management framework to manage their choice of operating systems
from Solaris and Windows to Linux as well as monitor physical and virtual
Bob Kelly, Corporate Vice President of Infrastructure Server Marketing
at Microsoft (right) and Lisa Sieker, Vice President of Systems Marketing at
Sun Microsystems (left) celebrate the launch of the Sun-Microsoft Interoperability Center. Redmond, Wash.,
March 10, 2008.