Everest also can cut data-center energy use. Since Everest allows administrators to direct input and output calls, during certain times one server can be designated to handle all of them. The rest of the servers in the rack can then be shut down, Donnelly said.
Microsoft has been working on Everest for about two years and experimented with it on the company's SQL Server product. Donnelly said Everest is fairly mature, but no decision has been made yet about when or how it will become a product.
"We'd love to see this in Windows 7 but this is a research project," Donnelly said.
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