A few weeks ago IT Business Edge blogger Arthur Cole wrote about the debut of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization software, noting the early reviews were mostly good.
The release-to-manufacture software shows a notable improvement in speed over beta versions, writes Cole. Delivering a solid product ahead of schedule (not always Microsoft's strong suit) "lays the foundation for a full-featured system later," he says. Adding features such as live migration and sophisticated management capabilities probably would have delayed the product and made it more expensive.
The lack of these features makes the product more appropriate for SMBs than for larger companies in the near term, opines a CRN Australia blogger, who managed to dig up more negative comments about the software than Cole did.
Neil Macehiter, research director of Macehiter Ward-Dutton, says companies should hold off on deploying Hyper-V in production environments until the System Center Virtual Machine Manager is also available, probably sometime in the next few months, according to the general manager of Microsoft's Windows Server Division. The GM presents ease of deployment as the system's strongest feature, saying:
If you know how to set up and install Windows, and you know how to configure roles in Windows Server 2008, that's about everything you need to know.
Microsoft is working with Citrix to integrate support for its XenServer, XenApp and XenDesktop virtualization products into Citrix's system management platforms, which Butler Group analyst Roy Illsley sees as a sign that Microsoft is positioning XenServer as an enterprise product and Hyper-V for SMBs.
While VMware has been introducing various pricing bundles designed to attract SMBs, Illsley says it lacks Microsoft's understanding of the SMB market and extensive partner channel.