At the Microsoft IT Forum in Spain this week, Microsoft announced that their hypervisor product previously known as "Viridian" will be officially called "Hyper-V." Even more surprising is the price: USD $28!
Hyper-V will only be available for Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions. (i.e. It won't be available for Web Edition.) Even more surprising, the press release said it wouldn't be available for Itanium editions. (This is surprising, because, wow, there will be a version of Windows Server 2008 for Itanium?!?
Taking a cue from the Vista team, Microsoft will also release those three versions of Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V, (such as "Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V"), bringing the total number of Windows Server 2008 editions to eight.
The $28 "price" for Hyper-V is really more like a discount for non Hyper-V versions of Windows. (i.e. Windows Server 2008 Standard is $999. Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V is $971.) Maybe Microsoft is doing this for customers who really don't want virtualization, but by making the discount so low, they hope that everyone will buy it anyway?
Hmm.. Maybe this will establish a precedent for discounts for Windows features we don't want? How about an extra ten bucks off for people who don't want UNIX Integration Services? And another five bucks if we promise never to use IPX/SPX?
You can download a tech preview of Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V.