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We’re incredibly excited to share that for the sixth year in a row, Microsoft was named a Leader by Gartner in the x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant. We are honored by this continued recognition because it validates the relentless approach we’ve taken to creating a world-class virtualization platform for our customers. It is also aligned with the announcement that Microsoft Azure is a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for the third year in a row. This is  no coincidence because the hypervisor that underpins Azure is Hyper-V.

Many customers are surprised to find out that the hypervisor powering one of the world’s largest public cloud environments is the same one that can be deployed as a role in Windows Server, but this is part of the ongoing promise we have with our customers. We develop, test and harden great technologies running at scale in our public cloud environment and then bring those technologies into the products that you can buy and deploy in your datacenter.

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Download the Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure 2016 Magic Quadrant.

Long-term strategy and cloud investments

Our customers tell us that our long term strategy and cloud investments are the main reason why they are choosing Microsoft over VMware. The ability to deliver a consistent platform for both on-premises and public cloud positions Microsoft as a unique player for customers looking for a long term strategy on their datacenter investments and how IT can support the business transformation.

New security features set Hyper-V apart from the crowd

With Windows Server 2016, we are also bringing the security conversation to a new level. With Shielded VMs customers can confidently virtualize and encrypt critical and sensitive workloads and ensure the information inside the VM won’t be available to fabric or virtualization administrators. Even if a host or an admin account is compromised, VMs are protected and the content inside these VMs cannot be accessed. While this vector of attack is possible for all virtualization platforms, the protection Shielded VMs create is only available in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V.

Download the Magic Quadrant.

More exciting announcements are coming, so be sure to follow Windows Server on Twitter.