A lot has been written about the Microsoft Hyper- V release that happened towards the end of June. The release has caused quite an impact in the industry and Dan Kusnetzky has covered the view from Parallel’s, Symantec, Sun and Virtual Iron. Virtualization.Info has similar coverage – and includes a response from VMware as well.
Microsoft Hyper-V and Server Virtualization Adoption
Industry estimates that only 10-20% of the addressable market has adopted server virtualization today (couple of references here and here). That is, more than 80-90% of the market is yet to fully adopt virtualization in an operationally or strategically significant way. Among the market that has adopted virtualization, VMware is the dominant player (80+% share, with Microsoft at 10-15%).
With the Microsoft Hyper-V release it seems that we are at the cusp of a new adoption wave – with 50+% of SMBs planning to adopt virtualization (note that 80% of the larger enterprises have already adopted virtualization). Microsoft Hyper-V is targeting this base for widespread adoption of the technology. There is even a report available that predicts that Microsoft Hyper-V will overtake VMware.
Here are some of the reasons why we believe that Microsoft will be able to make a dent on virtualization adoption — (a) Easy deployability/installation and user familiarity with the Microsoft products (b) Low TCO (c) Ubiquitous access to resources (like on MSDN etc.) for engineers (d) Hypervisor available on ‘commonly’ used hardware
Takeaway #1 — We might be on the base of a significant ‘S’ curve as far as virtualization adoption goes!
Virtualization into the Data Center
This blog notes that 2008 will be a year of business and operational transformation using virtualization. Microsoft will be fully expected to drive home the value proposition for these goals — the view of a dynamic data center is already part of their four core Hyper-V scenarios.
Takeaway #2 — Virtualization adoption will likely be across the board in SMBs and Enterprises — from dev/test labs, IT operations, pre-production and in the production data center. The impact of this type of adoption will be operationally and strategically fundamental in the organization.
Microsoft hits the last nail in making the hypervisor a commodity – So where can vendors add value?
With the hypervisor being made available for cheap or free in some cases, providing rich management applications is one area where vendors can add value to the base hypervisor. Like I’ve mentioned in a previous post, management applications like virtual lab automation bring significant value and enhance the performance of a bare hypervisor.
Takeaway #3 — With broad adoption of the hypervisor technology, the value shifts up the software stack – around management applications (that can manage/control VM sprawl, optimize storage, drive synergies in virtual machine operations etc.)
VMLogix has always maintained that customer’s will look for the rich management applications that can operate in a hypervisor agnostic manner.
– Srihari Palangala
(Added on 7/15), two more interesting Hyper-V resources —
- Interview with Windows Server 2008 Virtualization program managers Mike Sterling and Arno Mihm.
- Jeff Woolsey, Senior PM in Windows Server 2008 Virtualization