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Network World - About three years ago Embotics jumped into developing support in its private cloud management platform for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor, hopeful that the VMware virtualization challenger would take off. When that takeoff initially stalled, Embotics curtailed its Hyper-V work to focus resources elsewhere.
But over the past six to eight months, Embotics saw a big increase in customer interest for Hyper-V -- so it resurrected its efforts and earlier this month officially rolled out support for the Microsoft platform.
"It's finally good enough," says CEO Jay Litkey of Hyper-V. "It's finally ready."
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Embotics isn't alone in expanding support for Hyper-V. OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform, did likewise: Hyper-V was originally supported in the project, but was later dropped until the most recent Grizzly release of the code, which now supports both Hyper-V and VMware ESX hypervisor.
Around the time of this month's Microsoft Management Summit a host of companies rolled out support for Microsoft's suite of management tools, with more than a handful of them extending their platforms to support Hyper-V. Other announcements included:
So what does it all mean? Mark Bowker, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, says it's common for providers to make news at shows like the Management Summit but that "the frequency and sheer quantity of them points to something bigger. Microsoft has really come around in the last year or so." The release of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Systems Center, plus improvements to the Hyper-V virtualization platform have all caused IT professionals to take a closer look at the Microsoft's virtualization offering, he says.