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Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Server Virtualization Software

Microsoft made the full release version of Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 available for download.Hyper-V, like other virtualization software, permits users to run multiple server operating systems as guests on a single piece of hardware running Windows Server. Speed and familiarity will be two of Hyper-V's main selling points in the increasingly competitive server virtualization market. On speed, Microsoft storage partner QLogic reported that results of their testing showed that Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V provided 90 percent of the throughput of a dedicated physical machine, while other virtualization products could only hit 50 percent. As for familiarity, "If you know Windows, you know how to install and run Hyper-V," according to Bill Laing, VP of Microsoft's Windows Server and solutions division.

Microsoft will make an updated version of its System Center Virtual Machine Manager with support for Hyper-V management some time in the fourth quarter.InformationWeek, NetworkWorld