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Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Virtualization Tech Beta
[December 14, 2007]

Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Virtualization Tech Beta

TMCnet Contributing Editor
Microsoft (News - Alert) has released its Windows Server 2008 virtualization technology Hyper-V, reportedly ahead of schedule. Previously, Microsoft has said that the first public release of the test version of Hyper-V would come out in the first quarter of next year.

The technology is now available and can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Web site, and it’s said that it is also ready to be used with the current x64 beta version of Windows Server 2008, also available online.
The virtualization software enables a single computer to function like multiple machines, which, according to Microsoft, is designed to enable companies to spend less on equipment and energy in its data centers. The technology, called a hypervisor, is the underlying virtualization technology for the server release, which is a major update that’s scheduled to be released on Feb. 27, 2008.
Initially dubbed “Viridian,” Hyper-V is expected to compete head-on with programs from VMware, Inc. Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry told Reuters that the release of the trial versions of the Microsoft virtualization programs — which come on the heels of Oracle (News - Alert) Corp’s unexpected entry, last month into the market for virtualization software — is bad news for VMware.
Chowdhry said that engineers at Microsoft have told him that Microsoft’s virtualization programs are three times as efficient as those from VMware, which is based in Palo Alto (News - Alert), California. Oracle has publicly made a similar claim.
Mark Kelleher, an analyst at Canaccord Adams, said that the risk for VMware is that Microsoft decides to add virtualization as a feature for free in its products. He mentioned several weeks ago that, “There’s a lot of competition coming into the market right now and I think some of that competition put a little more reality around VMware.”
However, Reza Malekzadeh, senior director of product marketing and alliances for VMware, told Reuters that Microsoft’s new software does not provide the stability or advanced management functions that his company’s product does.
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