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First UK Microsoft Virtualisation User Group Crops up Ahead of New Product Launches

Microsoft has announced a number of Virtualisation-related products for the 8th of September and has concurrently given its accent to its first Virtualisation User group, hinting at more to come.

At a launch event called GetVirtualnow, senior Microsoft VP like Bob Muglia, SVP for Server and Tools Business or Bob Kelly, Corporate VP for Infrastructure Server Marketing will be discussing about new products and their experiences.

Products queued for the launch include Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center including Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft Desktop and Application Virtualisation.

September will also witness the first meeting of UK's first MVUG (opens in new tab).

The group is based in the UK, near Victoria Station in London, and bears the name of Microsoft Virtualization User Group UK (or MVUG for short). Their first monthly meeting will be held on the 24th of September 2008.

Microsoft is also expected to relax its licensing policies on Virtual machines next month as Virtualisation adoption takes off.

For the past five years, reassigning a software license more than once every 90 days was considered to be a breach of contract, something that commonly happens with technologies such as VMware's Vmotion that allow virtual machines to be displaced without causing downtime.

The move, commentors say, will lift a well-known obstacle to the adoption of virtualisation and hopefully hasten its roll-out.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.