Microsoft released Hyper-V R2 to manufacturing today, along with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
The release to manufacturing (RTM) means the final code is available for partners to test and install on their hardware. Microsoft will make the software available for evaluation in the first half of August and offer it to customers with Software Assurance in the second half of August, technical product manager Oliver Rist said on the Windows Server Division WebLog.
Microsoft said at last week’s Worldwide Partner Conference that Hyper-V R2 will be generally available in September, and the company is planning a launch event in November.
To be clear, there are two versions of Hyper-V R2: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, which comes with Windows Server 2008 R2, and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, a free, standalone hypervisor. The free version will still include many of R2’s most sought-after features, including Live Migration.
For more on the new features in Hyper-V R2, check out this podcast with expert Greg Shields, which, completely coincidentally, we just launched today.
You probably read the above headline and had a question of your own. Something along the lines of, “Colin, what have you been smoking?”
I know, it seems ridonklulous to think that Microsoft would give up on its Windows operating system — a product that dominates its market like few others in IT or any other industry. But in light of Microsoft’s recent Linux outreach, it’s a legitimate question.
You may remember that back in February, the Burton Group released a hypervisor comparison report. And in that report, the only hypervisor to meet 100% of the firm’s required criteria for enterprise readiness was VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3.5.
(If you don’t remember, you can check out a full recap in our recent list of the top 10 server virtualization news stories of the year so far.)
Anyway, since February — but before we published that list — something changed. Another hypervisor has since met 100% of the Burton Group’s criteria. And that hypervisor is Citrix XenServer 5.5.
VMware is reaching out to Virtual Iron users, following Oracle’s decision to kill off the Virtual Iron product line last week. (Oracle acquired Virtual Iron in May.) As my colleague Alex Barrett reports today, VMware is offering Virtual Iron customers 40% off the list price of vSphere and vCenter.
The offer is an apparent attempt to keep Virtual Iron’s customers from moving to Oracle VM (which is what Oracle wants them to do). But that raises the question: Why does VMware care?
We still don’t know what Oracle’s plans are for the Virtual Iron technology it acquired in May, but in light of these developments, a much bigger question is arising about a much bigger acquisition: Will Oracle kill off Sun Microsystems’ virtualization line too?
VMworld 2009 is still two months away, but at least one virtualization competitor is already planning to steal some thunder at the show.
The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) suite will hit general availability Sept. 1, according to LeMagIT — which, for those of you who don’t parlez francais, means “The IT Mag.” Sept. 1 is the first full day of VMworld 2009, when VMware typically makes most of its major announcements.
RHEV marks a shift from Xen to KVM as Red Hat’s open source virtualization technology of choice, as senior virtualization director Navin Thadani said on last week’s edition of This Week in Virtualization.
Next time you tell someone, “I’m a VCP and VMUG member who runs a next-generation COS and uses NPIV to offer a virtual HBA,” it better not be B.S.
Acronym overload is an unfortunate part of life in IT, especially in virtualization. But that doesn’t mean you can toss them around willy-nilly without knowing what they mean.
Much has been made of Microsoft’s regular attacks against VMware, from its “VMware Costs Way Too Much” poker chips to its “Microsoft Mythbusters” video. The folks in Redmond even faced accusations that they were spreading lies about VMware last year.
So why is VMware apologizing to Microsoft?
Cisco Systems has a new virtualization and cloud computing director: Christofer Hoff, the security and virtualization expert and popular blogger.
Hoff, aka “Beaker,” runs the Rational Survivability blog and has held high-ranking security positions at several IT vendors and other firms — albeit none as big as Cisco. They include Unisys, Crossbeam Systems and the WesCorp federal credit union.
His hiring at Cisco comes as the networking giant is making its move into the virtualization and data center markets with its Unified Computing System.
These new products hold a lot of promise. But for now, the best application of mobile phone virtualization is to use mobile devices to manage existing virtual environments. The latest release in this area of the market comes from Hyper9, which yesterday unveiled its Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM).