While Microsoft has improved Hyper-V it does still fall short of VMware in terms of uptime and stability, Willy of INX says. Although Hyper-V has live migration now, it can't move as many virtual machines concurrently as VMware can, he added.
"It's just not there quite yet, in terms of production capabilities," Willy said, while noting that "Microsoft is a goliath" with a big marketing and R&D budget and the "ability to push into markets" led by others.
But for now, Gibson says he's not getting a lot of demand for Microsoft, at least when it comes to which server virtualization platform customers use on the back end of virtual desktop deployments. "I haven't seen much Hyper-V at all," Gibson says. But "that could be because we deal with a lot of big enterprise accounts."
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