Posted by: kurtsh | May 30, 2009

VIDEO: Application Virtualization for Servers Demonstration at MMS2009

This video represents the exciting future of virtualization… and Microsoft is the only company that’s doing this. 

The days of maintaining an operating system for each application service deployed will hopefully soon be behind us, and today’s paradigm of running Virtual Machines will be old news.  Why migrate entire virtual machines with operating systems & applications when you can just migrate an Application between physical servers?  Why sustain all the overhead of running 10 instances of the same Windows Server operating system on a single physical host when all you care about are the Application Services that they’re running?

The future is “Virtualized Server Operating Systems”… aka Application Virtualization for Servers.

Notice in the demo that they’re using a ‘special’ alpha version of Virtual Machine Manager complete with Application Services stored as first class citizens in the library, along side virtual machines and operating systems.  Pairing application services (in this case, the FAST Search/Indexing Engine) with Virtual Machines is now a piece of cake since there’s virtually no ‘friction’ or ties between the running Operating System and the Application Service.  And most importantly, the entire Application Service state can be lifted off of a running OS and placed on an upgraded OS making system upgrades a snap, along with Application Service migration.

MMS 2009: Application Virtualization for Servers

As you’ll see, Bill’s demo was setup by talk about administering the compute fabric and managing deployment of a tightly bound OS can create challenges. By applying application virtualization to this challenge, we can separate apps from the server. This should mean a more simplified, and accelerated, approach to deploying those virtualized apps and patching. Bill pointed out that this leads to reduce image libraries, and accelerated migration.

Check out the demo – it’s less than 6 minutes.

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