Microsoft Management Summit news roundup: virtualization, cloud & Linux

Network World Senior Editor John Fontana has been all over Microsoft's annual Management Summit Conference in Las Vegas this week. In two days, he has already filed a handful of stories on Microsoft's new technologies. Here's a round-up so far.

Microsoft melding view of local, cloud-based virtual machines

LAS VEGAS – Microsoft Tuesday said it is working on a cloud federation feature for Virtual Machine Manager that will give users an integrated view of physical and virtual resources from a single point regardless if they are running internally or on a hosted network. The company demonstrated the feature at its annual Microsoft Management Summit, showing a single Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) console managing virtual machines running on hosted and local networks. Key for the feature initially for Microsoft will be Windows on both side of the equation, including Azure as the platform on the hosted side.

Microsoft gives server app virtualization sneak peek

Microsoft Tuesday demonstrated for the first time its server application virtualization technology designed to enable on-demand deployment of applications. The technology works in much the same way Microsoft's App-V desktop application virtualization does by separating the application from the underlying operating system. The idea is to create images of both the application and the operating system that are stored in an online library. The images can be deployed separately and combined during installation ensuring that the OS image is the correct configuration for the application. The model also allows different versions of server applications to run on the same box.

The company introduced the concept last year, but Tuesday at its annual Management Summit was the first time working code was demonstrated, indicating that Microsoft's efforts in this area are beginning to bear fruit.

Microsoft targets Windows, Linux management

LAS VEGAS – Microsoft Tuesday opened its annual management confab saying it would ship the next version of Operations Manager by the end of June and laying out its efforts to manage data centers and virtualized environments. The company pulled back the curtain on its road map for the next version of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), which will incorporate the major features of Hyper-V coming in Windows Server 2008 R2.

VMM 2008 R2 also will align with the Azure Service Platform, Microsoft's cloud operating system, and will allow users to manage from a single platform VMs that run locally or in the cloud.

Microsoft infrastructure stack takes to the clouds

LAS VEGAS – Six months after launching its Azure cloud OS, Microsoft is using the same cloud terminology to describe its stack of data center infrastructure software. At its annual Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft laid out its vision of a corporate IT world that straddles "public clouds and private clouds." The announcement comes a week after VMware made a similar announcement around private clouds.

Stay tuned to Microsoft Subnet for Kerrie Meyler's report from the show, too. Kerrie is our resident Systems Center guru and a Microsoft management MVP. She is speaking at the show but promises to post her thoughts on the most newsworthy events and technologies when she returns.

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