There is a great deal of marketing hype about which hypervisor is better but I have spent some thinking about this and really have to wonder if the hypervisor is what we should really be focusing or concentrating upon. A lot of third party vendors are starting to port their products to be able to work with both hypervisors. To see a list of some of these products check out the post Growth of Citrix and Hyper-V EcoSystems. What about the management server itself? Isn’t this really the center of the virtual universe? When third party application vendors design their applications to work with VMware or Microsoft hypervisors they have been writing plug-ins for their product to work inside the management server systems and/or its client.
I am not going to get into the discussion of which platform is better. This argument and debate has been going on for quite awhile and the fact of the matter is no one platform will be the best at everything. This is why most large scale datacenters will have a mixture of Windows, Linux and possibly a mainframe or two. I believe the same thing will happen with the virtual infrastructure in that there will be no “one size fits all.” There are enough marketing comparisons posted everywhere on the internet that I find myself looking at another more interesting fact that currently no virtual management product out there will control and manage all the different types of hypervisors. So far what I had found is that SCVMM is able to control both Microsoft Virtual Systems as well as the VMware Infrastructure/vSphere and VirtManager is able to manage KVM and Xen.