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September 8, 2008

Microsoft launches virtualization fest; Hyper-V now free

Posted by David Hunter at 11:31 AM ET.

hyper-v logoMicrosoft’s promised September virtualization fest kicked off today as they started a global series of “Get Virtual Now” marketing events, but the big news is that their Hyper-V virtualization server is now a free download and will be shipping within 30 days as will Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

Admittedly, Hyper-V Server 2008 was only a $28 add-on to Windows Server 2008, but the puzzle is why it wasn’t free in the first place. As to why it is free at all, Microsoft is trying to launch their fledgling in the face of VMware’s current hold on the virtualization market and if the Hyper-V features are "good enough," free seals the deal. VMware is not oblivious however and has their own free entry offerings.

Filed under Application Virtualization, Coopetition, Hyper-V, Microsoft, OS - Server, Servers, VMware, Virtual Machine Manager, Virtualization, Windows Server 2008

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