It's no suprise.. By putting the price tag on it they are in compliance with the court ordered lack of innovation clause. Can't add free stuff to your product otherwise you'll get sued.
Microsoft is hashing out the finalized details today on the oft-delayed Windows Server 2008. Most notably, Microsoft will release eight SKUs of the platform when it ships in late February 2008. Only some will include the Viridian hypervisor — which has been renamed Hyper-V. Users can choose to go with or without the hypervisor …
1) Windows Server 2008 Standard with Hyper-V (32-bit)
2) Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V (32-bit)
3) Windows Server 2008 Standard with Hyper-V (64-bit)
4) Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V (64-bit)
5) Enterprise Edition with Hyper-V (32-bit)
6) Enterprise Edition without Hyper-V (32-bit)
7) Enterprise Edition with Hyper-V (64-bit)
8) Enterprise Edition without Hyper-V (64-bit)
9) Datacenter edition with Hyper-V (32-bit)
10) Datacenter edition without Hyper-V (32-bit)
11) Datacenter edition with Hyper-V (64-bit)
12) Datacenter edition without Hyper-V (64-bit)
13) The Web Server edition (32-bit)
14) The Web Server edition (64-bit)
15) Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based systems
Well, that'll make me ditch my 5 SAN-attached VMware ESX hosts. After all, we've been using VMware ESX server in production for three and a half years. The whole "stable and working" thing is boring. I was thinking of using Xen, since that seemed somewhat iffy in some respects, but Hyper-V has a much cooler name and, more excitingly, is likely even less-well-tested than Xen! I can go back to the days of getting constant calls and pages from system monitoring tools. Hurray!
@Scott: The client-license issue is a big chunk of what got us an Apple XServe at my last job. No client licensing stupidity, better compatibility with the departments using Macs than "Services for Macintosh", and no downside for the PC users.
Obviously there are situations where OS X Server wouldn't be the top choice - but there are more of them than I think a lot of people realize.
here we go again, more painful days spent trying to sort out M$ licencing and to get the grinding server o/s to go faster than a dog with no legs. If it was my decision I'd get shot of all our M$ crap, servers and desktops but the muppet desktop users can't cope with anything that's not Vindoze and Office and my erstwhile colleagues have only ever experienced Exchange.
ha! I get to use the Gates is Satan icon! (sorry Paris but you've been mine twice today, luv)
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