Microsoft Is a Virtualisation Leader – Gartner

I saw something about this last week but didn’t pay much attention until this morning.  Gartner has ranked Microsoft as a leader in their Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

They are just behind VMware.  Here’s the fun bit: this is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center “2007” versus vSphere 5.0.  Wait until they get a load of System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

The cautions that Gartner have for the Microsoft platform are all compete and market awareness based, rather than technical.  And whereas Microsoft have gone for heterogeneous in System Center 2012, Gartner has a caution about the homogeneous virtualisation nature of VMware’s management/cloud vision … customers are concerned about vendor lock-in.

Roll on next year.  By the way, who owns Netscape now?

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