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Virtualization at hand for more businesses via Dell's bundle

New bundle from Dell includes Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Virtualization Server 2005 R2. Will the hardware package introduce more businesses to virtualization?

Companies that want a taste of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 R2 may be pleased to hear the new release will be available in a bundle from Dell Inc. The package will include the operating system software along with Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 R2 loaded on Dell's PowerEdge servers.

"We see this as kind of a first step to where the enterprise is headed," said Kevin Libert, senior manager of the Microsoft Alliance for Dell, in Round Rock, Texas. "We think this will go a long way in bringing virtualization into the mainstream."

The company said specific pricing for the bundle has not been set and the product will not be available until February 2006. Libert said Dell believes the bundle will be attractive to all sizes of businesses, particularly small companies looking to get their feet wet in virtualization.

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The bundle was of interest to one IT manager exactly for this reason. IT manager Carlos Solarte at Recon/Optical Inc., a Barrington, Ill., manufacturer of infrared sensors and cameras, said he tested Windows Server 2003 R2 because he was interested in the OS software's enhanced security, which will enable the customer to make certain applications available to clients on the Internet.

Solarte said he would consider the Dell bundle particularly because it would allow the company to take advantage of Microsoft's virtualization software.

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