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Microsoft’s first demo of App-V for Datacenters

by Harley Stagner on May 4, 2009

So, I just saw a little 5 minute demo for App-V for Datacenters. It’s a very simple demo that has a lot of potential. The first thing that impressed me was that Microsoft has a working demo of application virtualization for servers. OK, very cool stuff.

The really interesting trick comes in at about 4:00 in the video. A simple right-click->update Operating System feature in the next version of SCVMM 2008. You can update the Operating System from a template or another running VM! How cool is that? Also, thanks to App-V for Datacenters, the application comes along for the ride. This is certainly a taste of what us virtualization folks mean when we say that the battle for virtual dominance will happen with management, not necessarily the hypervisor choice. Do you have an opinion of Microsoft’s new toys? Share it in the comments below.

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