Beyond the practical uses, the new capability carries symbolic importance for the company as well, Wolf said. It shows Microsoft is knowledgeable enough with this emerging technology to stay on the frontier of its developments.
The technology "marks a point where Microsoft will ship the first real formidable challenger to VMware vSphere," Wolf said.
At BUILD, Microsoft touted a number of other new features to make Hyper-V and Windows Server more competitive with VMware as well. The company debuted the ability to do live migration of the VM's virtual hard disk. Scalability was also touted: the new software will able to support up to 32 virtual processors for each VM, and each VM can now appropriate 512GB of memory. A new virtual file system, VHDX, can be used to create virtual storage disks up to 16TB in size.