Greetings! Robb Mapp here again, I’m the analyst relations manager in Server & Tools focused on Integrated Virtualization and System Center management tools. Post-MMS, and leading up to general availability this summer, we’re hearing a lot of great buzz in the industry about Hyper-V + VMM 2008 and I’d like to point out some recent analyst predictions for Microsoft’s impact on the server virtualization market. One that caught my eye is a certain IT analyst firm’s report that highlights data around visitors to their website who conduct search inquiries on server virtualization. What it finds is that their clients are requesting Microsoft’s technologies as much as VMware (and in some months, more than).
Another analyst point of view regarding the impending Microsoft Hyper-V vs. VMware ESX standoff comes from Burton Group’s Chris Wolf who blogged earlier this month about the importance of strong management to the success of a virtualization environment: “Management of physical resources, applications and operating systems is equally as critical, and represents a clear distinction between the Microsoft management solution and that of VMware.” Check out Mark Bowker for more virtualization commentary as well as thoughts regarding Microsoft surpassing VMware in virtualization production workloads.
It’s nice to see evidence of increased Hyper-V awareness and industry acknowledgement of competitive differentiation as we bring Hyper-V to market. If you’re keeping track of where we’re at with Hyper-V, check out our Hyper-V RC1 announcement made earlier today.