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Mailbag: Hyper-V Doubts

Doug wrote yesterday about Microsoft's much-touted Hyper-V. But a few of you aren't buying into the hype:

Hyper-V is still in beta, has no live migration, has no farm concept with automatic load balancing and HA, no over-committing of resources, requires an installation of at least Server 2008 Core Edition, has restricted x86/x64 OSes, is dependent on specific CPUs, is unable to throttle or isolate the root domain from VMs, and -- to top it off -- it's basically a Xen knock-off. In fact, it is so similar to Xen (down to the problems), that I wonder how much open source code crept into this closed-source product.

It amazes me, the giddiness with which people are approaching this pre-1.0 product and clearly inferior technology. The Microsoft Machine with its adherents are at work here, but it's certainly not amazing technology. Maybe one day, a few years from now.
-Anonymous

"Hyper-V Poised for Greatness"? Rhetoric. Don't get taken by the Microsoft advertising juggernaut. It will stop at nothing to make us all think the Hyper-V will challenge VMware ESX or even Citrix Xen in the short-term. It will be a challenger in the long-term, but is definitely not enterprise-ready in its current form.
-David

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Posted by Doug Barney on June 17, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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