You know, I don’t mind mythbusting if it’s done properly, but these guys were all over the place. They were referencing products that aren’t even out yet and generally making fools of themselves. It’s no secret that I am a VMware fan and believe that VMware is the best solution for virtualization, but I still do believe that the other solutions have their place. I sincerely wish that Microsoft had taken their time to release something like this properly without making it look like they were shooting from the hip. It’s just embarrasing.
One of the things they talk about is memory overcommit and how it’s not really a big deal. Wow, is that a bunch of hot air or what. The moment Microsoft figures out how to do this themselves they will be talking about the virtues of Memory overcommit, just like they’re doing with Live migration now.
You can see VMware’s response to this video here.
Anyways, make sure you watch the video, it’s great for a laugh and shows you how desperate Microsoft really is.
However I do have to speak to something regarding this recent announcement. Apparently some people have been saying that this is the first free hypervisor that is actually capable of being deployed in a production environment. Now I don’t know about you but that smells like a lot of marketing BS to me.
As far as I’m concerned even VMware’s free ESXi has always been a fully capable production environment product. I have used it in countless customer sites and it runs solid, stable and with great performance. Likely that comment is designed to affect the opinions of people who haven’t had much experience with virtualization and aren’t in the know from trying it themselves.
Citrix is joining forces with Micrsoft with the Citrix Essentials product which support Hyper-V and XenServer. I think this is going to backfire because Microsoft is not going to let Citrix’s virtualization product eclipse their own. Sure they have had a great relationship for years and years, but when it comes to this virtualization war, Microsoft is not going to settle for being behind Citrix.
On the other side, VMware will have to watch out, because it’s obvious it’s competitors have VMware set firmly in their sights as their number one target.