Microsoft Readies Windows Server Virtualization
Microsoft dishes on ‘Viridian’s’ security features.
As rival VMware Inc. was riding high on Wall Street last month with a blockbuster IPO, Microsoft’s virtualization team was quietly at work on a platform-level virtualization technology earmarked for integration into Windows.
The first public beta of Windows Server Virtualization (WSV), formerly code-named “Viridian,” is expected out by year’s end. Redmond has said the final version will ship as an add-on to Windows Server 2008 within 180 days of RTM.
Microsoft’s Brandon Baker, a security developer in the Windows Kernel Team working on WSV, offered the first detailed look at the project’s security underpinnings during a briefing at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in early August. Redmond Developer News recently corresponded with Baker about WSV: