Microsoft's Big Virtual Shindig
Is this is a coincidence? Next week is VMworld, VMware's annual trade show hosting
over 10,000 customers, press and partners. This week, Microsoft has a massive
virtualization launch event
focusing on old products, current products and
products yet to come.
The biggest news, in my view, is the release of a standalone version of Hyper-V.
Until now (actually, it doesn't ship for another month) you had to buy Windows
Server 2008 to get it.
Microsoft is also getting serious about management, promising to ship System
Center Virtual Manager 2008 in the next 30 days. The company is also expected
to make noise about Live Migration, a feature it needs to truly compete with
VMware on the high end.
So, is this timing with VMworld a coincidence? Given that the big products
Microsoft is talking about won't be out for a month, I'd say yes.
Is Hyper-V a true competitor to VMware? Yes and no answers welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/08/2008 at 1:16 PM