Yesterday morning, ZDNet kicked off its Great Debate “Hyper-V or VMware?”, with opening comments from Jason Perlow and Ken Hess. Microsoft supporter Jason Perlow made a strong case for Hyper-V, noting that the functionality in Windows Server “8” Hyper-V exceeds that in vSphere, without the need for the expensive add-ons and third party enhancements that VMware requires.

Reiterating key points from his articles, Windows Server 8: The Ultimate Cloud OS? and Is Microsoft's Hyper-V in Windows Server 8 finally ready to compete with VMware?, Jason states that 2013 will be a big year for Microsoft as CIOs examine the licensing bottom line and evaluate the value that Hyper-V brings as a complete end-to-end virtual infrastructure and private cloud solution.

The debate will resume today at 11:00AM PST. Don’t miss the opportunity to follow the action in real-time and join the conversation on ZDNet