Microsoft already owns 13 percent of the virtualization market

That’s what Paul Paul Thurrott said today in the 08/08/08 edition of the WinInfo Update.


Microsoft Takes First Chunk of Virtualization Market
Hyper-V is so new that we haven't completely taken off the shrinkwrap yet, but Microsoft has already seized a healthy chunk of the virtualization market. The software giant now owns 13 percent of that market, compared with 82 percent for market leader VMware, according to IDC analysts. (Open-source virtualization solution Xen came in third with 3 percent.) To put Microsoft's percentage in perspective, think about how successful everyone tells you the Mac is, and then remember that the 13 percent figure is more than four times higher than the Mac's market share in the PC market and twice as high as the Mac's market share in its most successful market by far, the United States. Yeah, I did just make that comparison. Deal with it.

Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides released

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

Here’s the new one’s available:

  • New! System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • New! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • New! Internet Information Services 7.0
  • New! Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
  • Here’s the one’s already available:

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
  • Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization
  • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
  • Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

    Here’s the URL to find all of them: