Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hyper-V Now Available For Free

Microsoft has released a free, low-footprint version of its Hyper-V virtualization software as it continues to chase the virtualization leader VMware. Hyper-V Server 2008, which includes only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components, is now available for free download online.

Microsoft said on Sept. 8 that it would be give away its Hyper-V hypervisor. The annoucment came about a month after VMware released a free version of ESXi, its own hypervisor technology. VMware is feeling pressure from Microsoft and other vendors that are bundling virtualization with server operating systems however they still remain on top of the virtualization world.

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