What the Future HoldsBy Frank Ohlhorst | Print
After a long, intensive beta process, Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization is now ready for the masses. But will enterprises turn away from leading players such as VMware and Citrix and flock to the new technology?
Most will find Hyper-V a disruptive technology that will change the way most people think about how servers are to be used and deployed. Although industry leaders such as VMware and Citrix have successfully made some think about virtualization, the vast majority of the market still has to make that leap. Here is where Microsoft will be successful by leveraging its marking muscle and helping Microsoft partners to sneak virtualization into the enterprise via Windows Server 2008.
Interestingly, the future of virtualization will not end with servers, but only begin there! Microsoft has plans for a whole ecosystem of components that will become part of the brave new virtualized world. That ecosystem will combine desktop virtualization with application virtualization, thin-client computing and even user profile virtualization into a heterogeneous environment where end-user hardware will contribute very little to the equation. Simply put, virtualization via Hyper-V will put the control of the network and corporate computing assets back into the hands of IT department, or the solution provider taking on that role.