Thanks to Bink.nu for the heads up to the original article here at iTnews.com.au
So maybe this explains why Softgrid was running a bit slow on getting around to x64 version, etc? Interesting times ahead?
Microsoft is in talks to buy application virtualisation software vendor Softricity of Boston, USA CRN has learned.
"It's coming down to the final stretches," said one source close to Microsoft who is familiar with the discussions. "It's not a done deal yet but it's just last minute haggling kind of stuff."
That's not all. At its hardware conference for OEMs next week, Microsoft is expected to announce plans to accelerate the delivery of its homegrown virtualisation hypervisor code-named "Viridian" and will formally debut plans for a virtualisation management platform code-named Carmine.
The deal with Softricity - which hit the rumor mill earlier this week - is expected to be finished before the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle next week. Sources say Microsoft at WinHEC also will unveil Virtual DLL, a feature for Windows Vista developed in conjunction with Softricity.
Sources say they are not surprised about the deal with Softricity, a former Citrix ISV that has quickly emerged as a key Microsoft ISV partner over the past six months.
At Microsoft Management Summit last month, Microsoft highlighted Softricity's new SoftGrid 4.0 for Systems Management Server 2003, which allows IT managers to virtualise Windows applications on the fly from within the management platform.
The flurry of activity in Microsoft's virtualisation unit comes as VMware - the market leader in the explosive virtualisation software market - is expected to announce availability of its next generation ESX Server 3.0 and VirtualCenter 2 platform during the first week of June.
In addition to its application virtualization push with Softricity, Microsoft will try to slow adoption of VMware's platform by announcing a stepped up delivery plan for Viridian, sources told CRN.
Microsoft plans to put Viridian into private beta with a limited number of partners sometime in the fourth quarter, sources said.
The hypervisor, which will replace its standalone Virtual Server product, was originally planned to be integrated into Windows Longhorn Server in 2006. That server is now due to ship in the second half of 2007.
But company executives later amended that plan and said Viridian would be in the R2 release of the Longhorn server. R2 is not expected to be available until 2009 or 2010.
Microsoft is very worried because corporate customers are really pressuring the company to step it up or they will go to VMware, sources said, noting Microsoft's recent agreement to license its virtual Hard Disk format to XenSource - an open source company.