Microsoft’s low-priced virtualization entry may be giving VMware fits, but storage users may have to wait a while before its storage capabilities rival those of VMware.
Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization offering was released last month, and with it came a raft of announcements from storage and data protection software vendors offering support for the new hypervisor.
Why the interest from these companies in Hyper-V? After all, VMware dominates the virtualization space, with an 82 percent market share among European companies that use virtualization, according to a recent survey carried out by research firm IDC, and a similar market share in North America and the rest of the world.
The answer is that the popularity of virtualization is set to explode over the coming months, with 52 percent of companies not using the technology today planning to do so in the next 12 months, according to the same IDC survey.
A significant number of these will likely choose Hyper-V over VMware, because Microsoft excels in getting footholds in markets by giving away products which are not as good as competitive offerings, but are “good enough.” Hyper-V comes bundled with Server 2008 for just $28, making it an extremely attractive way for companies to experiment with virtualization.