Last week we announced that Hyper-V RTM-ed. ISVs use virtualization as a way to ship fully configured applications to customers and develop and test their applications. Customers can use virtualization as a way to consolidate servers and provide business continuity. Using virtual machines, development staffs can create and test a wide variety of scenarios in a safe, self-contained environment that accurately approximates the operation of physical servers and clients.
With Windows Server 2008, everything needed to support server virtualization is available as an integral feature of the operating system as Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. With Hyper-V as a role, plus simple licensing policies, it's now easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008.
You can find Windows Server 2008 x64 Hyper-V Parent Partition and as part of Windows Update on July 8. Management tools are also available for 64-bit Window Vista SP1 or 32-bit Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 x86.
To learn more about Microsoft and virtualization, see Virtualization or Virtualization Tech Center. To learn more about how you can consolidate servers, see Virtualization and Consolidation.