Microsoft Moves on Virtualization

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Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired Calista Technologies and expanded its alliance with Citrix Systems (CTXS) as part of a broader virtualization strategy it will outline Tuesday. Calista specializes in virtual desktop software, while Citrix acquired XenSource last year. These moves, along with adjustments to Microsoft’s virtualization licensing for Windows Vista, are designed to position Microsoft to compete more aggressively with VMware in the enterprise virtualization market.

Microsoft will formally unveil its virtualization strategy tomorrow at a Virtualization Deployment Summit in Bellevue, Washington. Dan Farber at ZDNet has a thorough advance of the news, however, including commentary from Microsoft and VMware and the text of a memo to some Microsoft customers outlining the company’s approach to “Dynamic IT” using virtualization.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.