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Microsoft plans to release hypervisor

The software maker has completed a final version of its Hyper-V technology, which is designed to handle virtualization tasks and competes with VMware.

Microsoft is expected this week to announce that it has completed work on Hyper-V, a virtualization technology that allows a single server to act as many separate servers.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported Tuesday that Microsoft is expected tomorrow to say it has released the product.

The move will allow Microsoft to fulfill its pledge of releasing Hyper-V within 180 days of the release of Windows Server 2008, which launched in February. The company issued a near-final "release candidate" version in March.

To make its target, however, Microsoft was forced last year to strip out several features from the product, including Live Migration.

Hyper-V will compete with a number of existing virtualization technologies, including a range of products from industry leader VMware.