Windows 2008’s Hyper-V Release Candidate is available!
Virtualization Team Blog announcement: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/03/19/hyper-v-release-candidate-is-here.aspx
Microsoft Official announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx
Server virtualization, also known as hardware virtualization, is a hot topic in the IT world because of the potential for serious economic benefits. Server virtualization enables multiple operating systems to run on a single physical machine as virtual machines (VMs). With server virtualization, you can consolidate workloads of underutilized server machines onto a smaller number of fully utilized machines. Fewer physical machines can lead to reduced costs through lower hardware, energy, and management overhead, plus the creation of a more dynamic IT infrastructure. To learn more about Microsoft and virtualization, please visit the Virtualization Web site, or the Virtualization TechCenter .
With Windows Server 2008, everything needed to support server virtualization is available as an integral feature of the operating system as Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. With Hyper-V as a role, plus simple licensing policies, it's now easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008:
Microsoft has reached another key milestone in the development of Hyper-V, with a feature-complete version now available for download as a release candidate (RC). You can download the update for Hyper-V RC here and experience the improved stability, usability and performance and also test the support for additional guest operating systems.