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Microsoft's new hypervisor, (formerly called Viridian, and now Hyper-V) is nearly a year away, but Redmond is already prepping support services, including a new program to certify that third-party tools work with Hyper-V.

The virtualization market is in its infancy (even though you old mainframers will tell me IBM big iron has had virtual machines for decades), so it's crucial to prove what works with what.

In fact, the real battle will be for ISVs. Major virtualization companies are building platforms, entire stacks of virtual technologies. Whoever can get the most third-party support may ultimately become the platform. While Microsoft is a genius at building third-party markets (and then tearing down the most profitable pieces), VMware has a clear headstart.

Send your virtualization war stories to me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/26/2007 at 1:15 PM


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