We have in the Microsoft Infrastructure team in the company that i work finally chosen Microsoft Hyper-V as our virtualization platform.
I think the main reasons for chosing Hyper-V is:
- Hyper-V being in version 2 (R2) – Better one to one feature comparison with VMWare (I am affraid that had it been Hyper-V version 1 then the outcome could have been different)
- Integration – Microsoft integrates all their products into eachother and has a vision for having a dynamic IT infrastructure
- Management – Microsoft has a broad management portfolio where all management products are connected to each other.
- Price – The VMWare virtualization tax is there no matter how big or small and why should we pay it.
I’m so happy!
With Exchange, Outlook, Communication Server, Sharepoint and Hyper-V in the bag then it’s time to convince the my colleagues and the company about:
- Data Protection Manager as replacement for our out dated Backup Exec
- Sharepoint 2010 as a complete replacement for our SAP portal
- Threat Management Gateway (TMG) as replacement for our stone age Checkpoint Firewalls
- Operations Manager as a complete replacement of our HP Openview Monitoring
- Implementing Service Manager to control our ITIL process’s
- Exhanging Symantec Antivirus with Forefront Client Security
New battles ahead 🙂
And then there is:
- Implementing IPSEC domain isolation
- Implementing NAP
- Implementing Windows 7 with Bitlocker, Bitlocker To Go and Direct Access
- Implementing RMS
New frontiers 🙂