Jul 27, 2009

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V R2 is coming

As Microsoft gets ready to rollout Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V R2 on October 22nd, it's clear that a new wave of competition is about to begin between Microsoft and VMware. While VMware still holds a dominant position in the virtualization market, platform feature gaps, such as lack of live migration, are being closed in the R2 release.

With VMware software licensing revenues already declining 20% over the past year, the question is how will the new release from Microsoft affect VMware's ability to drive VMware vSphere sales? Will VMware respond to Microsoft at VMworld 2009 by slashing prices on vSphere or will it continue to try and charge a premium in this challenging macroeconomic climate?

More and more Lanamark partners are being asked by customers to provide side-by-side comparisons across leading virtualization platforms. The Windows Server 2008 R2 release is only going to amplify the need for solution providers to present multiple virtualization platform options to enterprise customers.

With Lanamark Suite, our partners can do just that by offering vendor-agnostic desktop virtualization, server virtualization and storage solutions to customers rather than locking them into specific vendor solutions by using vendor-centric tools such as VMware Capacity Planner.

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