Microsoft builds virtualization vision

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Microsoft is broadening its efforts in the highly technical area of virtualization — a practice that essentially decouples various parts of a computer system, including hardware and software, to give information-technology managers more flexibility.The company is acquiring San Jose, Calif.-based Calista Technologies, which works on desktop-virtualization technology.

Among other moves, Microsoft is changing how it prices and licenses its software to encourage virtualization; rolling out new tools for managing virtualization in different situations; and broadening its partnerships with other companies in the area.

Enthusiasm for virtualization, which has been in use for decades, has grown recently and was highlighted when VMware went public last summer in one of the most successful tech IPOs of 2007.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company's shares more than doubled in its first two months on the stock market and finished last week at $80.27, up nearly 41 percent. It announced an acquisition of its own last week, buying Thinstall, another desktop-virtualization company.

Microsoft executives, while acknowledging the technology can be complex and expensive, are touting virtualization as an answer to a broad range of IT issues, including security, remote access for increasingly mobile workers, disaster recovery and cost containment.

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