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Hyper-V Gobbling Up Share, But What's Really Going On?

The COO of Microsoft, one Kevin Turner, claims that since its release Hyper-V has helped Redmond gain 24 points of market share from VMware. The article, which has fewer details than a Sarah Palin speech (hey, John Edwards is no prize either!), provides no context at all for this rather stunning statement.

I've struggled to find any meaningful virtualization market share info and finally found something from Forrester, which indicates that Microsoft now has 22 percent of the market. So if it gained 24 points, did it start at negative 2 percent?

In all fairness to the research intelligentsia, no amount of databases or spreadsheets can truly account for all the bundling and other weird ways hypervisors get sold or given away. Do you trust market share numbers? If yes, no or maybe, drop me a note at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/03/2009 at 1:17 PM


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