I recently received some interesting internal marketing information regarding how the Microsoft Virtualisation products are now so much better than what VMWare has to offer. There are a couple of points that were mentioned that I thought I would share here with everyone.
This table should be nice and clear!
Windows Server Hyper-V
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is the hypervisor-based virtualisation feature included as part of Windows Server 2008. It contains everything needed to support machine virtualisation. It allows you to virtualise multiple operating systems — Windows, Linux, and others — on a single server and fully leverage the power of x64 computing. With virtualisation built into the operating system it will run faster and work better with your hardware right from the start.
More information: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/virtualization/default.mspx
Some quotes to read:
- Today, VMware has about 80 percent of the virtualization market. By 2011, I think it may be lucky to have 8 percent of the market. There's a lot more competition coming. Microsoft, after blowing hot and cold on virtualization, has desired virtualization as an essential part of its future. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2216435,00.asp)
- Microsoft has done a good job of integrating its virtualization services into the same framework of easy-to-manage server roles that govern Windows Server's other key functions, and I found that Viridian's facilities for creating and monitoring virtual instances compared well to rival products from VMware and XenSource. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2189866,00.asp)
- But the server virtualization leader lacks one thing that second banana Microsoft Corp. has as of Thursday: a system management platform that gives IT administrators a single simultaneous view of their physical and virtual servers. (How Virtual Machine Manager may help Microsoft compete with VMware - Eric Lai, 09-07-2007)
- “System Center is a much broader infrastructure than [VMware's] Virtual Infrastructure," says Gartner analyst Thomas Bittman. (http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=203101825 )