Microsoft is preparing for what has been dubbed its biggest-ever commercial product launch today – the announcement of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.
The launch marks the first time the three products have been synchronised and future versions of all three will be available at shorter intervals in future.
Under the over-arching Dynamic IT concept and underpinned by Hyper-V virtualisation, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 are expected to make an impact in the enterprise market.
Versions of the products suitable for SME implementations are expected within the next couple of months.
The launch takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre this afternoon.
Dynamic IT is a strategy that would allow companies' IT systems to change flexibly and dynamically as their business needs change.
Windows Server 2008 is Microsoft's new-look server-level operating system that offers increased levels of manageability and security.
In addition, the inclusion of Hyper-V virtualisation technology in the Windows Server 2008 kernel means companies can cost-effectively virtualise server clusters.
SQL Server 2008 is being touted as more than a database, but a full data platform that offers a rich data environment of both structured and unstructured data types and that provides business intelligence services in its own right.
Visual Studio 2008 provides an integrated plaform for software developers that allows rapid application development, effective team collaboration and an improved user experience.