When I asked this same question of Dave Bartoletti, a senior analyst with the Taneja Group, he seemed to agree with Vizioncore's assessment. He believes it is a case of waiting for Hyper-V to gain market share -- in other words, waiting for customers to demand Hyper-V management solutions.
"As you know, most small management players live and die by quickly pulling ahead of the pack with some key differentiator, and to date those differentiators had to be VMware-focused," said Bartoletti. "Too many marketing dollars and product development cycles were burned in 2007-2009, rushing out 'multiplatform' management solutions designed to tap into the (relatively non-existent) multi-hypervisor market. This was a natural reaction -- based on fear, mostly -- to Microsoft's major noise in the virtualization space. Now that Hyper-V is out and in the field, these vendors can wait for customers to tell them what doesn't work, what's really missing (as opposed to the FUD), and attack just those holes with targeted solutions to differentiate."
For Microsoft and Hyper-V, Vizioncore's announcement could be a huge blessing. One of the things that has pushed VMware to greatness and market share dominance has been a great ISV partner ecosystem. That's not uncommon. When you start with a great product and a good foundation, then add useful and wanted applications, people tend to show up in large numbers.
Unfortunately, it can often become a chicken-and-egg problem. In order to gain market share and wide adoption of Hyper-V, it needs to have the useful and wanted application stack surrounding the core technology. Even Microsoft can't build that alone. But in order to get an ISV ecosystem to build those applications, they need customer adoption of the platform and a market to sell their wares too. You can see the dilemma.
Bartoletti said this latest move by Vizioncore signals some market share uptick for Hyper-V, but added, "The fact that we're starting with P2V tools puts us back in 2005-era VMware ecosystem maturity. It shows how much of a lead VMware has."
Polanski said Vizioncore knows its customers are in the evaluation stage of considering Hyper-V. To assist in that evaluation, Vizioncore wants to enable organizations to be able to rapidly move virtual machines from VMware to Hyper-V and to be able to convert physical systems to Hyper-V. Both of these capabilities are now offered in the vConverter 5.e product, which is part of Vizioncore's Data Protection (DP) portfolio. The portfolio of products also includes such Vizioncore favorites as vRanger Pro, the company's backup software, and vReplicator, its disaster recovery and business continuity offering.
One area that Hyper-V continues to lag VMware is in the breadth and maturity of VM-optimized backup and recovery solutions. Indeed, that's a perfect place for Vizioncore to be, what with its DP suite of products already created for VMware environments.
According to Polanski, Vizioncore intends to support all of the company's DP products on Microsoft Hyper-V sometime within the next 12 months.
So is it true? If you build it, will they come?
This article, "Vizioncore's vConverter 5.0 adds P2V support for Microsoft Hyper-V," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Marshall's Virtualization Report blog and follow the latest developments in virtualization at InfoWorld.com.