Last year, one of the hot topics in the virtualization space was the brewing battle of the century that was soon to take place between vSphere and Hyper-V, with Hyper-V clawing at vSphere while that product defended its place as Kind of the Virtual Machine. This year, one might assume that Microsoft had never even released a new hypervisor. The headlines have been bereft of a lot of Hyper-V news, let alone news regarding the apocalyptic battle that we were all expecting.
But all is not lost for Hyper-V. In fact, there are even signs of life, even if they’re not in the headlines. Behind the scenes, Hyper-V has been quietly gaining momentum. Rather than taking on the world through a frontal assault, Hyper-V is working to strengthen its overall battlefield through a more robust ecosystem. One of VMware’s greatest strengths is the partner ecosystem that has grown over the years to manage all things virtual.
Microsoft’s Hyper-V is beginning to enjoy some of this partner love as many previously VMware-only partners have now added or are planning to add support for Hyper-V, particularly now that the hypervisor is widely considered to be much more on par with vSphere than it was in the past. Here are four examples of how Hyper-V is beginning to be imbued with partner-provided capability:
- Cisco very recently ported its Nexus 1000V switch to Hyper-V/System Center 2012. Previously, this virtual switch was a vSphere-only product.
- Cisco also added Hyper-V/ System Center 2012 integration to its UCS line of servers.
- SolarWinds has added Hyper-V support to its own line of products.
- Amazon customers using Hyper-V can now mirror their data into the AWS cloud.
Additionally, there is evidence that Hyper-V is gaining steam in the enterprise. For example, Dominos Pizza recently announced at MMS 2013 that the company is deploying Hyper-V to support its 4,000 stores worldwide and, at this point, has moved 750 stores to its new system.
So, it seems that Hyper-V might not be surging forward as quickly as it seemed it might, but it’s certainly moving forward in a number of ways that are critically important – the establishment of a robust partner ecosystem and some early big-name customer wins.
What do you think? Do you think that the expansion of the partner ecosystem will enhance Hyper-V’s overall success? What is still missing from the Hyper-V puzzle?
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