VMware, currently king in virtual computing, is beginning to feel the pressure that Microsoft tends to bring to bear when a new technology threatens the Redmond-based giant. Virtualization, or the ability to run multiple server instances on the same physical machine, is a hot technology with all of the Fortune 100 companies joining the list of roughly 20,000 corporations using VMware products. Although Microsoft acquired virtualization company Connectix in 2003, according to a RedmondMag article (not exactly a VMware apologist), very few enhancements have been added and as such, VMware has taken a marked technology lead.
Microsoft Launches an Attack on VMware (Motley Fool)
Microsoft Virtual PC: Good Enough — for the Price (Redmond Mag)
Microsoft released its new server operating system to manufacturing early this month, but it is missing the Hyper-V virtual machine manager, which is estimated to be about six months behind Windows Server 2008. VMware, on the other hand, has been busily improving its product to include the ability to move virtual machines back and forth between different physical servers and an improved patch management utility.
Windows Server 2008: Missing Pieces Threaten Pent-Up Demand (Information Week)
VMware ESX Server 3.5 review (TechWorld)
We have been testing out virtualization and have pretty much decided on VMware as the best software for our environment. So far, we have only used the free product, which doesn't include some of the most compelling enhancements, but results have been good. I found Microsoft's offering to be more difficult to install and use. Still, Microsoft has a long history of overtaking technology leads in a variety of ways. Do you think Microsoft will catch up to VMware through development, or will the 800 pound gorilla simply buy the smaller rival out?
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