Microsoft Hyper-V: the day after

Posted by bink on July 1 2008, 8:15 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

Obviously, when a market leader like Microsoft releases a new key product like a hypervisor in an exploding industry like virtualization, and re-focuses every department on it, there are some repercussions.

It doesn't really matter if the product is long overdue, if it comes with a limited feature-set, or if it the market is already crowded. The fact that Microsoft is (finally) fully committed on virtualization has repercussions on the landscape, at strategical and financial levels.

What follows is a summary of the first reactions from the market players with some additional analysis from us.

The partners and competitors positions

Citrix is currently the stronger partner for Microsoft despite it recently acquired a product, XenServer, which can compete with Hyper-V on every aspect (they even have a similar architecture) and in many cases has more features.

The two companies already declared their cooperation strategy in the past, so Citrix had not much to say but wait for some of our products able to interact with and manage Hyper-V (the reference is to XenDesktop 2.0).

Now that Microsoft product is out we'll see if this synergy is really positive to Citrix (like the years-old one on Terminal Services) of self-defeating.

The Virtual Iron position is very different. The company offers a Xen-based hypervisor like Citrix and it's currently targeting the SMB market, exactly the one that Hyper-V can attract at this first release.

Virtual Iron tries to knock down the Microsoft product using four arguments: the new hypervisor obliges to adopt a new OS (Windows Server 2008), it's a 1.0 release so customers won't trust it in production environments, it lacks of many features that most customers want, Microsoft is not the best vendor to run mixed data centers where some virtual machines are powered by Linux.

Most of these statements are arguable as follows....Continue At Source