July 3rd, 2008 by Julia Lim, VP, Marketing
A “new era for Microsoft” as Bill Gates leaves the company? Paula Rooney on Virtually Speaking says, “it seems fitting that Hyper-V shipped on the same day Bill Gates exited the Windows company.” Will Microsoft also ‘usher in’ open source now that the big man is gone?
Five years in the making, Hyper-V finally ships. Is Microsoft late to the game? Yes, but how much does that really matter? At the recent Gartner infrastructure management conference, an informal poll of the audience showed that something like a third of the room predicted they’d be using multiple virtualization platforms, including Hyper-V and the installed winner, VMware. But wait, Microsoft’s suite of virtualization management tools, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), is sill in beta. Stay tuned.
Accepting the Sun virtualization challenge, Microsoft group product manager, Patrick O’Rourke weighs in on how “Hyper-V can compete with the open source Xen-based alternatives and whether a Windows-only virtualization technology can hack it in today’s increasingly heterogeneous datacenters.” (I just like the title of the blog post…”Virtualization wars: The empire strikes back”)
GroundWork Open Source says (again) it is moving up and playing with the big guys. Here’s an interview with David Lily, founder and CEO. Hmm. What happened to CEO Ranga Rangachari? As far as I can tell, he disappeared somewhere between Nov 2007 and Jan 2008. No announcement that I could find… Wonder how things are going for GroundWork? Are they about to follow QLusters and drop the “Open Source” part of their name that they tacked on a couple years back?