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May 22, 2006

Microsoft acquisition of Softricity confirmed

Posted by David Hunter at 10:47 PM ET.

The Softricity rumor reported last week proved to be correct. Mike Ricciuti at CNET:

Microsoft on Monday updated its plans for new virtualization software and said it will expand its lineup through an acquisition.

The company will begin testing its hypervisor software, developed under the code name Viridian, by year’s end, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, told CNET The software will ship within six months of Longhorn Server, the next major release of the company’s server operating system, due in the second half of next year.

Microsoft had earlier indicated that Viridian would ship much later than Longhorn Server. Muglia said the software was always intended to ship in the “Longhorn time frame, but nobody knew what that meant. We’re now saying within 180 days of Longhorn Server, and we’ll know more as it enters beta testing,” he said.

Microsoft is also developing software to manage virtualized systems, Muglia said. Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, developed under the code name Carmine, will enter beta testing within 90 days. The software, which will work with Microsoft’s overall systems management tools, is also slated to debut in the second half of 2007.

The software maker said it has acquired Softricity, a Boston-based software maker, to extend its reach into application virtualization. Microsoft’s current virtualization software is designed to run multiple instances of Windows simultaneously. Softricity’s tools let companies virtualize applications that run on Windows, such as Microsoft Office or other business applications, so that programs can be managed centrally and delivered over a network to desktop machines.

The press release is here.

Filed under Acquisitions, Application Virtualization, Hyper-V, Microsoft, OS - Server, Servers, Virtual Machine Manager, Virtualization, Windows Server 2008

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2 Responses to “Microsoft acquisition of Softricity confirmed”

  1. Microsoft completes acquisition of Softricity -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s previously announced acquisition of application virtualization software vendor Softricity is now complete: Microsoft Corp. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Softricity Inc., a leading provider of application virtualization and dynamic streaming technologies. Virtualization is a key technology for reducing the cost and complexity of IT management, and the addition of Softricity is another step in Microsoft’s ongoing strategy to make virtualization more broadly accessible and affordable for customers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [...]

  2. Microsoft releases Virtual Machine Manager beta -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As promised, Microsoft on Monday released a beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager to a restricted set of beta testers. “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager is an enterprise management application for a virtualized data center” which basically means that if you want to increase server utilization by consolidating your workloads onto virtual machines which can be switched at need among physical machines, then VMM is your ticket to managing the whole shooting match. The VMM homepage is here. Filed under Servers, Beta and CTP, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Microsoft, Virtual Machine Manager   [Permalink] [...]

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