Microsoft has officially unveiled its new server virtualisation software which is intended to take market share away from rival VMware. Hyper-V has been launched six weeks ahead of schedule, a move which took many by surprise.
Beta versions of the software have been available for download for some time, but Microsoft had said that it would launch the final code in August. The software will be available free to Windows Server 2008 users or as a standalone download for $28. This dramatically undercuts the prices charged by market leader VMware, and Microsoft is clearly betting that the low cost and full integration with Windows will be major selling points.
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