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Microsoft Takes On VMware With New Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Microsoft has added sophisticated virtualisation features in its new Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

The software is in public beta at the moment and is due for release during the first half of next year.

According to a report by ChannelWeb, the release introduces two key features. Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX bring virtualisation capabilities to Microsoft's Windows server offerings for the first time.

Dynamic Memory allows users to distribute physical memory on a host computer to virtual machines that are being hosted on that system, bringing better memory management to Hyper-V environments.

RemoteFX provides a set of sophisticated desktop virtualisation functions, which allow for media content, such as video, to be deployed on laptops and desktops.

Rand Morimoto, president of Microsoft Partner Convergent Computing, believes that the new virtualisation features will give Microsoft an advantage over its arch-rival, VMware.

In a statement to ChannelWeb, he said: “Dynamic Memory is something that VMware has been digging on Microsoft about. But VMware is running out of things to say they do better than Microsoft.”