Deadlines and the sound they make (Hyper-V)

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Douglas Adams once said:

I love deadlines.
I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Microsoft has been scrutinized by many for not delivering on time, but this time it's the other way around. Microsoft promised to release Hyper-V within 180 days from the Windows Server 2008 release. Since Windows Server 2008 was released on February 4, many people were expecting Hyper-V to be released on August 2nd. The Hyper-V team took 144 days and released Hyper-V to manufacturing (RTM) today.

The sound Hyper-V makes? I guess the sound of thunder!


Benefits of Virtualization

According to Microsoft's press release Hyper-V as other virtualization products allows you to:

  • Maximize the value of IT investments
  • Decrease the server hardware footprint
  • Decrease cost and complexity of managing IT systems
  • Decrease energy consumption
  • Increase flexibility of the overall environment

No wonder they've virtualized the most of the Microsoft websites we're facing.


Virtualization products

Although Hyper-V version 1.0 has now been approved for Prime Time, Microsoft's Virtualization product portfolio is far from complete. As discussed last week on Yusuf Joosub's blog. Microsoft has a its work in the Operations Management field cut out for it: System Center Virtual Machine Manager is still beta and the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Solution Accelerator does not include virtualization yet.


Availability of Hyper-V

Hyper-V will be available from July 8th 2008 through Windows Update as an update to the built-in versions of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008.



I think it's no coincidence Microsoft releases Hyper-V in the same week Bill Gates leaves the company. This week in my opinion is the first week of a new period. A period in which we can do even more with even less. A period where Microsoft under promises and over delivers?

Further reading

Viridian and Virtual Server Timing Updates
Hyper-V RTM'ed !
Hyper-V Released
Release: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0
Server Core, the ideal Root Partition
Today could be a giant step for server virtualization!!!
Hyper-V: It’s here
Microsoft’s Hypervisor Technology Gives Customers Combined Benefits of Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization
Around the World in Less Than 180 Days Powered by Hyper-V Goes Virtual
Hyper-V Servers in Production
Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology is ready to roll
Breaking News: Hyper-V is UNLEASHED TODAY!

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