cf http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2011/07/06/microsoft-a-leader-in-x86-server-virtualization.aspx

Et oui c’est fait, mais surtout quel long chemin d’accompli depuis 2003 et le rachat de la société Connectix, Microsoft fait maintenant parti des leaders dans le Magic Quadrant pour les infrastructures de virtualisation de serveurs X86 Sourire

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Si l’on regarde l’analyse qui est faite de Microsoft cf http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/microsoft/vol2/article8a/article8a.html

Microsoft has been growing market share significantly since its launch of Hyper-V in 2008, and the subsequent addition of live migrations in Hyper-V R2 in late 2009. The company's success has been primarily occurring among midmarket customers new to virtualization, where it is winning at least 30% of the time.

One of Microsoft's key strengths — its low price — is also a weakness when it comes to influencing the channel to promote its product, rather than its competition. However, when evaluated objectively, Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) usually meet the requirements for midmarket or branch office deployments. In the past year, Microsoft has also released Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1, with enhancements such as dynamic memory for Hyper-V. At the hypervisor and basic administration level, Microsoft has closed most of its technology gaps with market leader VMware (which tends to have an advantage with higher-level management and automation tools). The most significant hypervisor difference continues to be Microsoft's reliance on a parent operating system on each virtualization host — which carries the benefit of a proven driver architecture, but the burden of potentially more planned downtime for patching and maintenance (however, Microsoft's patch record to date for its parent operating system has been good).

In the past year, Microsoft has begun to lay out a broader virtualization road map for cloud computing, including Hyper-V Cloud, which includes some technology, white papers, consulting services and partnerships. While the vision is coming together, Microsoft's Hyper-V customers tend to be smaller enterprises or branch offices in larger enterprises — where private cloud computing is less likely to be deployed. Microsoft's challenge to become a leader in private cloud computing will be to convert existing VMware users to Hyper-V and System Center. In addition, service providers are cautious about leveraging Hyper-V for their own cloud-based offerings, given that Microsoft is a major service provider competitor with Microsoft Azure.

Strengths

  • Administrative environment that is familiar to Windows administrators

  • Midsize enterprise installed base of Windows

  • Strength of solution and price for midsize enterprises

  • Company financial strength

Cautions

  • Difficulty converting or surrounding strong VMware installed base, especially in large enterprises

  • Competing with VMware for channel and service provider influence

  • Hypervisor dependence on a running copy of Windows as a parent operating system

Je vous laisse vous faire votre propre opinion, n’hésitez pas à là partager et à évaluer Hyper-V et System Center : http://www.microsoft.com/france/virtualisation/tryit/product-demos/default.mspx

En savoir plus sur la virtualisation : http://www.microsoft.com/france/virtualisation/default.mspx

A lire également :

Changing the Conversation - Server Virtualization is the Overture, Not the Finale

(http://blogs.technet.com/b/itinsights/archive/2011/07/05/changing-the-conversation-server-virtualization-is-the-overture-not-the-finale.aspx)