Hyper-V Poised for Greatness
At last week's Tech-Ed, Microsoft VP Bob Muglia crowed about Hyper-V. You can
test him at his word, as the hypervisor is nearly here; beta testers can get
, meaning it's almost all set to go.
Topping the list of new features are better management of Linux VMs, fewer
bugs and snappier performance. You can get the software through Windows Update.
Are you jonesin' for Hyper-V? Share your thoughts by writing email@example.com.
Virtualization Review Mag Rolling Along
The second issue of Virtualization
Review, our newest magazine, is now out. Our first issue walked through
the major platforms, VMware,
We even had a killer preview
of Hyper-V written by virtualization star Chris Wolf. This puppy is going
to change the virtualization market forever once it ships this summer.
Our second issue was even better. Here we focused on the major hardware players
-- IBM (which invented virtualization in the '60s), HP, Sun and Dell.
Here's the quick-and-dirty: IBM
has the most complex strategy. It has hypervisors -- either home-grown or third-party
-- for everything from mainframes, to the Power6-based System p, to industry-standard
rack and blade servers. On top of all that, it has a wealth of proprietary management
and storage tools.
is similar to IBM in that is has proprietary management and storage tools. But
it doesn't make its own hypervisor.
has been doing virtualization in one form or another for many, many years. Now
it's pushing its own hypervisor and a new virtualization management platform.
Both of these are open source, as Sun will tell you again and again (and again).
is the simplest of the four. It sells industry-standard hardware equipped with
third-party software. 'Nuff said!
Google is pretty darn impressive. It has no huge staff of well-paid journalists,
yet it makes millions selling ads that surround today's media. As a journalist,
I think Google is parasitic -- the tape worm of the media world.
Given all the free cash involved, it's no wonder Microsoft wanted in on this
kind of action. But Microsoft last week decided it no
longer wanted to pay $40 billion-plus for Yahoo just so it could copy Google.
Now that Microsoft has given up on Yahoo, Yahoo is moving closer to Google
with an agreement that would put
Google AdWords on Yahoo sites.
Is this innovation or more of the same? Let us know by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.