Microsoft to launch Viridian beta in Q4 2007, SCVMM 2.0 in Q1 2008

During the Windows Server 2008 Technical Workshop held at Microsoft campus in Redmond, Jeff Woolsey, Lead Program Manager Windows Virtualization, provided an updated roadmap for virtualization, revealing some unexpected informations: codename Viridian beta 1 is set back to Q4 2007, and the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) will appear just 45 days after it, confirming the well-known Q1 2008 launch:

Supposed delays in Windows Server 2008 RTM let think that Viridian beta 1 couldn’t be out earlier than February 2008, but it now seems Microsoft is on schedule.

Note that the much awaited capability to manage VMware ESX Server hosts along with codename Viridian and Virtual Server 2005 will be available only with SCVMM 2.0 RTM.

Thanks to Andrew Dugdell for the shoot.