Hyper-V 3 vs. vSphere 5 Debate on ZDNet

Zdnet has an interesting debate about Hyper-V 3 on Windows Server 8 vs. vSphere 5.0.  Hyper-V to this point has been a great value play for organizations that didn’t have huge management requirements for their virtualized environment.  It’s support for Linux has actually improved a lot as well.

But I think it’s unreasonable to think the Windows 8 will have an sizable impact on VMware’s market share in the short term (next 1 or so).  I don’t see the argument for a OS that’s not scheduled to be released this year.  Microsoft has a poor track record of delivering all the features shipped in beta as part of the production release.  I just can’t see myself making a decision based on the promises of a not yet shipped product.

With that said, I look forward to the release of Windows 8 (client and server) and the push it will give VMware on both innovation and price.  It’s time someone shook up the market and brought real competition to this space.

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