On October 22nd, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Cloud.com to provide integration and support of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to the OpenStack project. The announcement caused a great deal of interest here at the Virtualization Practice, as it signals an unexpected willingness on Microsoft’s part to pursue interoperability at the IaaS layer, allowing users to break out of the Hyper-v stack, whilst still retaining Hyper-v at the bottom. The fact this announcement came from Microsoft (not Cloud.com, Rackspace or OpenStack) seems to signal the seriousness of the intent.
In practical terms this means that Cloud.com puts a Hypervisor Abstraction Layer into the bottom of the OpenStack compute platform (Nova), and binds Hyper-V into that, to allow images to be deployed to and controlled on Hyper-V from OpenStack, using tooling that speaks one or other of the two OpenStack APIs (Native or Amazon EC2). Technically it is not a major step because although the initial version of Nova targeted libvirt and thereby Xen, KVM and Qemu, Citrix had already succceeded in providing a hypervisor abstraction layer in OpenStack for XenServer.
Pano Logic announced today the release of Pano System 3.5, which adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V the alongside VMware vSphere.
Every new product release tells the story, not only do we get to learn about how a vendor’s marketing department wants others to see its products, but we also learn how that vendor sees its marketplace. Today’s release by Pano Logic of Pano System 3.5 is a case in point. The most significant new feature, certainly the one that Pano Logic are drawing the most attention to in Pano System 3.5 is support for Microsoft Hyper-V alongside VMware vSphere. It is interesting to see a startup like Pano Logic devoting its resources not to additional functionality, but instead to improving cross-platform compatibility. Pano Logic must be closely monitoring Microsoft’s market share in its target markets and recognizing an opportunity to squeeze out VMware View, and compete head-on with the likes of Quest vWorkspace and Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box in the SMB market.
Like all good remakes this is best served cold. After an hiatus of several months The Virutalization Practice are pleased to bring back to life the Virtual Thoughts podcast. The subject for the first program is as follows:-
Is the Hypervisor being pushed into hardware, why/why not?
So add the time and date into your calendar and join the Analysts of the The Virtualization Practice for an hour of thoughts and maybe even a little bit of insight into the dark arts that is the virtualisation world
That is Tuesday the 29th June 2010 @ 7:00pm (BST)that is 2:00pm EST and 11:00am PST
Hope to see you there!
PhD Virtual has gained its second round of funding with investment from Citrix amongst others as discussed within our post News: esXpress is no more but what does this mean for XenServer? Up until this point it looked like Citrix was out of the server hypervisor wars and backing Microsoft’s Hyper-V play. Yet this looks on the surface like a basic shift to that direction. Yes, XenServer was placed into the OpenSource community and the latest improvements, such as the Open VSwitch integration and a new releases emphatically say that XenServer is alive and well and that its ecosystem is growing for that matter so is Hyper-V’s.
There are now many more products on the market that not only cater to VMware but Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer, Xen, and with that KVM. Some of these tools are well known in the virtualization community while others are not. This is a list of tools that have specific code and integrations for each of the listed hypervisors, not ones that naturally work with all hypervisors such as many APM and other Performance Management solutions, that is a different type of list.
I participated in GestaltIT‘s TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following virtualization vendors:
- vKernel where we were introduced to their Predictive Capacity Planning tools
- EMC where we discussed integration of storage into the virtualization management tools as well as other hypervisor integrations
- Cisco where CVN and CVE were discussed in detail.
At the reception at Fenway Park we also had a chance to further our discussion with all these vendors as well as Akorri with their BalancePoint software.Of these vendors what I found interesting is that all have noticed that Hyper-V is now of interest to their customer base so all either have products ready for Hyper-V or are working on products for Hyper-V. Akorri and vKernel have Hyper-V ready products. Cisco and EMC are working with Hyper-V at some level I suspect.
On March 18, Microsoft embarked on a major offensive to focus the desktop virtualisation market away from VMware View. As well as announcing updates for their desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Microsoft and Citrix Systems jointly announced two major promotions:
“Rescue for VMware VDI” – Starting in April 2010, VMware View customers who have Microsoft Core CAL or Enterprise CAL suites with Software Assurance through Select, Enterprise & CASA family of agreements are offered the opportunity to trade in up to 500 licenses for free up until December 2010.
“VDI Kick Start” from March 18, if you’ve a Microsoft Core CAL or Enterprise CAL suites with Software Assurance through Enterprise and Select family of agreements you are eligible customers only pay $28 per device for up to 250 devices. If you’ve an Open Value, Campus Agreement or School Agreement (CASA) family of agreements you’ll be eligible starting July 1, 2010.
Are these announcements marketing hype or do they actually help deliver an improved VDI experience? Indeed, are you a VMware View house in peril?