Today at 6pm PST VMware is expected to release the beta 2 of VMware Server 2.0.
The first beta, running since four months already, introduced limited innovations.
The long time between the two betas may imply that VMware reconsidered its plans and worked to bring in major capabilities in this new build.
Update: Due to a last-minute bug VMware postponed the release to today, March 28, early afternoon.
Second update: While the beta 2 is not yet available, virtualization.info obtained the list of new features included in the new milestone (build 84186):
- Inclusion of VMware Remore Console
- Introduction of a multi-level access control
- Support for virtual machines automatic power-on
- Support for USB 2.0 devices
- Revamped virtual hardware editor
Final Update: the feature list above is confirmed. The beta 2 is available here.
The final version of VMware Server 2.0 is planned for Q3 2008.
The virtualization.info Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.