That must have been a quick migration from Windows 7 to Windows Server 2008 over at OnLive. The provider of a DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) offering which used to be a proper Windows 7 platform has apparently migrated their environment to Windows Server 2008. This is what a new article over at Techspot says. There was a lot of trouble and rumors going on in the last few weeks at Microsoft admonished tuCloud, another DaaS provider as they were also using Windows 7 for a VDI offering.
“We’re pleased to have been told that the OnLive Desktop application is now accessing our software by hosting it on Windows Server, an important step in delivering any Microsoft-licensed desktop-like service to the public. Based on this information, we will work with OnLive to take a closer look at its service and ensure it is operating according to its license like thousands of other partners and utilizing our standing pricing and licensing terms,” Microsoft said in a statement to The Register.
The migration to the Windows Server 2008 platform at OnLive was very quick as usually there a a lot of things you have to manage before you can do such a migration. Think about the applications running on the desktop which need to be compatible and sometimes certified to the new operating system. In case of Office 2010 it should’t be a real challenge.
It would be interesting if OnLive is now in a real OS-sharing scenario with Windows Server 2008 where they’re using the Terminal Services to offer the desktop or if they’re using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition to host a maximum of Windows Server 2008 instances and offer them as full Windows based desktops with a customized look and feel like Windows 7 has.
It’s still a miracle to me why Microsoft is not going to relax the rules on Windows 7 hosting.