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June 10, 2008


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Chuck Hollis

No doubt, the Microsoft marketing machine is gearing up for Hyper-V. And, no doubt, many of the Microsoft Minions will see the world a certain way. And, yes, many of us were dismayed by the casual disregard of facts in this piece.

My hope? That Microsoft decides to market the product based on its strengths and weaknesses, and doesn't try to paint an overly rosy picture, or misrepresent VMware's products.

Too many people are too familiar with what VMware products actually do to try any other approach.

Great post!

Scott Waterhouse

I think I probably resemble the militant comment... Anyway I try not to. Most of the time. Unless there is a specific campaign of misinformation and FUD. Then I might slip. (I will blame it on the banana peels.)

More to the point, if you are traveling that much, you should really get your hands on a Sony eReader or a Kindle. I have the former, and it is almost as valuable as an iPod for travel (second only because it can't block out the sound of screaming babies on a plane). The Kindle looks nice from an availability of titles stance, but it looks dorky in an 80s sort of way to my eye, and doesn't work from Canada.


Steve Chambers

If you are a windows techie who wraps a "Somebody Else's Problem Field" around the rest of the world, then who cares?

But if you are an Exec, Architect, IT Service Delivery Bod or any other subject matter expert like VCP, CCNA or Storage - than listen to this article.

Free is not cheap, and distributed IT has been getting away with waste for a long time, and VMware is not just helping fix a part of that but driving organizational change for business benefit - completely opposite from Microsoft's investment in the status quo (we can do EVERYTHING! - impossible!)

Dan Baskette

He also fails to mention any of the process of setting up Clusters. ESX has clustering embedded into the design of the product while Hyper-V is layered on top of MS Cluster Server. No where is this more evident than in the setup of new Virtaul machines. With ESX, you just use VMFS and Cluster VMs, or you can use VDMs and cluster machines. But with Hyper-V, to get cluster-enabled VMs you must first allocate disks to the Cluster Server so that when you go into the new VM wizard the Cluster Enabled disks will show up. It looks a lot like the install of Exchange, etc on a cluster where the Shared disks pop up as potential iptions.


Great article! MS definitely knows marketing that's for sure.


You think that is bad? Check out this fair-and-balanced look at how Hyper-V is putting Vmware and Linux on notice!

Review: Microsoft’s Hyper-V puts VMWare and Linux on notice

Your incisive and much-appreciated article on this mountain of FUD has probably single-handedly reduced it by half or more. Would you mind commenting on the article above? This one is far more misguided.


When there's a choice between a conspiracy and a cock-up always suspect the cock-up. :-)

Great read - I'll pass the url around to my colleagues!


Great article review. I read the review before finding your blog and I had to laugh for quite a while about this guy. Virtualization is definitely not his core strength. I mostly enjoyed the part because he complains about Linux and Command line and then in the second part of the review he writes that he had to switch from 2008 to 2008 Enterprise for the install because certain things did not work right with Hyper-V ....


Great Read.. Although I wish you'd show more passion :-)

Reviewing the comments on the original article, looks like many readers share your review. 1's and 2's (mostly ones) across the board. I can almost see the red hand print...

Keep it up.


Just came across this post in my rss reader and I've got to go with CAS (confused author syndrome) on this one. Lots of really smart Windows power users just don't *get* the power of a bare-metal hypervisor. It's a really different way of thinking about operating systems and hardware. For some people, it just clicks - ESX + Virtual Center pay for themselves in hardware/power/space savings in no time. For others, they have to get their hands on it and run real servers on ESX for a while before they realize how revolutionary this software is.

The crazy thing, from the Microsoft perspective, is that ESX is responsible for a ton of Windows OS license sales. When you're bound by space and hardware costs, you can only have so many servers. When you're getting 15:1 or 20:1 server consolidation, the same space generates 10 to 20x the OS license revenue per host computer for Redmond.

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