I had a chance to speak with Aaron Holzer of Microsoft about a program theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve been working on for quite some time, the 3rd party Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Customers have made it clear to Microsoft that they expect support for Microsoft software even if it is running in a virtual environment hosted by someone elseÃ¢â¬â¢s virtualization software. Microsoft, like most suppliers of software, made it clear that they couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t support software offered by others since they didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have access to the source code, had no expertise with that software and couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t test each and every combination of hardware and software in the Microsoft ecosystem.
Enter MicrosoftÃ¢â¬â¢s SVVP...
ItÃ¢â¬â¢s clear that Microsoft management finally understood what their best customers were demanding and started to put together a program that would allow 3rd parties to validate their software using a Microsoft developed testing procedure. Once validated, Microsoft would be able to support its software and 3rd party support issues could be handed off to that 3rd party.
November 20, 2007