Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution, enabling improved server utilization and reduced costs. Since Hyper-V Server is a dedicated standalone product, which contains only Windows Hypervisor and the virtualization components, it provides a small footprint and minimal overhead. It easily plugs into customers’ existing IT environments leveraging their existing patching, provisioning, management, and support tools, processes, and skills.
IT pros can easily leverage their existing knowledge and skills with Microsoft virtualization products, as well as the collective knowledge of the community, minimizing any learning curve. In addition, with Microsoft providing comprehensive support for Microsoft applications and heterogeneous guest operating systems, customers can virtualize with confidence and peace of mind.
More information @ http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/default.mspx
FAQ @ http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/faq.mspx
Hyper-V Server Overview @ http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/overview.mspx
This product will be available for free download in 30 days so stay tuned!!!
I was recently reading an article in Redmond Mag stating that MS couldnt gain any ground in the virtualization market until it did away with the fact that Hyper V had to run inside a complete Server 2008 install.
Enter Hyper-V Server 2008, exit VMware ESX. ;)