Microsoft Hyper-V – Very Very Cool?

I got Windows Server 2008 64 Bit installed today and downloaded the RTM for Hyper-V and installed that too.

Is just lovely. So clean, so easy to configure compared to its predecessors Virtual PC and Virtual Server…

Do I think this is the virtualisation technology to invest in for the future… OH YES!

Quick Comparison…

VMWare… the current market leader… more powerful than average company needs… cross-platform… expensive… technical support skills expensive and hard to come by… pretty big brand name with good vendor support platform… large user base… very popular…

Microsoft Hyper-V… the future market leader… powerful enough for average company needs… only works on Windows… free with Windows Server 2008 (although you still have to pay for the host operating system)… Windows Server management skills cheap and easy to come by… huge brand name with excellent vendor support platform… gigantic Windows management user base.

Reckon at this stage in the game Hyper-V still more oriented toward development and testing groups whereas VMWare is still the serious players’ production use choice… no real argument there… will I still be saying that in three years time… doubt it… I find myself reminded of comparing SQL Server 6.5 to Oracle 7 a lot of years ago… today Oracle is still huge but the vast majority of users get along just great with SQL Server…

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One Response to Microsoft Hyper-V – Very Very Cool?

  1. Ian Robinson says:

    Some thoughts on your misconceptions about VMware VI3. It must be VI3 you are talking about as this is the one you pay for (given you think it is too expensive):

    more powerful than average company needs…

    [Ian] How do reach this conclusion? Companies need their IT infrastructure to be available when required. VI3 delivers this by abstracting the OS and applications from the physical hardware.

    cross-platform…

    [Ian] No. VI3 is a platform. It installed on bare metal x86 servers. it does not install on Windows or Linux, or any other base OS.

    expensive…

    [Ian] Not for the small shops you are talking about (indeed not for the larger one either). There are foundation bundles that are targeted at small shops and enterprise agreements for larger ones (like we have).

    technical support skills expensive and hard to come by…

    [Ian] Nonsense. All the IT integrators and support shops have VMware support staff. There are 14,000 people at VMworld this week. They’re the tip of the iceberg.

    pretty big brand name with good vendor support platform… large user base… very popular…

    [Ian] And getting further in front of the competitors all the time. See this weeks VMworld announcements.

    Ian

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