Microsoft Gives VMware ESX the Green Light

In the latest round of "I'll support your software if you support mine", Microsoft products running on VMware ESX servers are now qualified to receive support from Microsoft. That includes mission critical Microsoft software like Windows Server, Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint. VMware ESX passed Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program. Does that mean the floodgates have now opened and we'll see Microsoft software rapidly proliferate on VMware ESX servers?

In one sense yes, but not just because of this certification alone. Microsoft has also eased the 90 "reassignment restriction" (sounds like something from military TDY duty), allowing licensed Microsoft products to move freely amongst servers within a server farm. Seems like a pretty vital capability enterprise data centers and hosting providers must have in order to serve up a virtual environment full of Microsoft software.

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