Conclusion: The release of Microsoft’s hypervisor into a market already dominated by VMware will trigger a tidal wave of marketing from Microsoft that is designed to move the virtualisation “goal-posts”, enabling Microsoft to score some desperately needed wins. These messages will be targeted at CEOs, CIOs and Departmental Managers who will then likely ask IT Architects and Infrastructure Managers why they are not using Microsoft’s virtualisation products.

To prepare for this onslaught IT professionals must understand both Microsoft’s strategy for shifting the goal-posts, and how to deal with it, and the strengths and weaknesses of Microsoft’s new hypervisor.

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