VMware is dismissive

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-03-19 Print this article Print

Market leader VMware has also been dismissive of Microsoft's upcoming product, with Bogomil Balkansky, VMware's senior director of product marketing, telling eWEEK in December 2007 that its ESX Server is a comparable, but better, product.

"Hyper-V is Microsoft's hypervisor, while ESX Server is ours. But I don't think you can really compare Microsoft's new offering and our product, which has been available for seven years," Balkansky said.

"Customers want stability, maturity, robustness and resilience from their virtualization products, and we have the benefit of having it proven in production all around the world, with customers running mission-critical applications on ESX Server," he said.

Microsoft has also released a Knowledge Base article about the Hyper-V release candidate, which says this provides improvements in security, stability, performance,  user experience, forward compatibility of virtual machine configurations, and in the programming model.

It also recommends that "all users of the Hyper-V role are encouraged to apply this update," but points out that if those virtual machines created on the Hyper-V beta build do not start after the Hyper-V role is updated to a later version, they can use the existing virtual hard disk file.

"However, the virtual machine configuration settings must be re-created. If the virtual machine is running a prerelease version of Windows Server 2008, the virtual machine configuration settings and the operating system .vhd file must be re-created."

Microsoft executives are also trying hard to position the company's virtualization offerings as cost-effective, reducing complexity, and covering all the ground from the desktop to the data center.

 "This positions us to take advantage of significant growth opportunities in the virtualization space ... the availability of the near-final code and the seamless migration path to the final code for Hyper-V brings Microsoft one step closer to making virtualization a reality for customers," Hilf said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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