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Issue Date: June 2008

Microsoft launches server virtualisation

June 2008

Microsoft has released its hypervisor server virtualisation software, bringing the benefits of virtualisation to Windows Server 2008 customers.

Microsoft has released its hypervisor server virtualisation software, bringing the benefits of virtualisation to Windows Server 2008 customers.
Hyper-V already has some momentum in the market, as almost 1,5 million beta copies have already been downloaded. Microsoft is betting on its low cost and Windows integration credentials to win it more customers. Hyper-V will be delivered free to Windows Server 2008 users or available as a standalone download for just $28.
"It has been designed as a Windows feature, which our customers know, so those with Windows Server certification will be familiar with it. The people who have all the in-house skills on Windows Server will know how to use it," said Bill Hilf, general manager of Windows Server marketing and platform strategy at Microsoft.
The $28 price tag makes it attractive to smaller firms, but it also means that it does not have the range of functionality as VMware or Citrix offerings.
While welcoming Microsoft's entry into the market as a way of validating the virtualisation message, Serguei Beloussov, CEO of virtualisation firm Parallels, said that the Microsoft offering is still fairly basic.
"By offering a bundled solution, Microsoft is reaching a wider audience of potential virtualisation users, but the breadth of deployments will still be fairly narrow: Windows environments that are currently reaching their upgrade cycle," he said. "In addition, the feature set of Hyper-V is limited, for example there is no live migration, which is fairly basic entry-level requirement for virtualisation adopters. Platform support is also key, and there is a big deficit here, with no support provided for Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, or FreeBSD."
Source: Computergram


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