Gartner published the 2011 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, in which Microsoft is listed among the leaders, along with Citrix and VMware. 

This outcome is interesting for a number of reasons, such as increased competition, more choice for customers, and growth in virtualization generally. But it also signals a shift in the conversation from a discussion of underlying virtualization architectures, to that of how to build for the future.  Which of the leading virtualization vendors can best help customers understand, build, and manage private clouds? 

Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management & Security Division, discusses how Gartner’s results are changing the conversation with customers on the Cloud Power Blog.

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