Microsoft’s Hyper-V to go head-to-head with VMware

by admin December 14, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft has begun public trials of its new virtualization software program, called Hyper-V. That software is designed to go head-to-head with VMware’’s ESX Server. Wall Street quickly responded to the news, with VMware shares dropping 7%, and Microsoft shares increasing 2.8%.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V software is designed to run multiple operating systems simultaneously in what’s called a virtualized environment. Rather than each instance of an operating system running on its own physical hardware, several operating systems will share the same hardware through software emulation of hardware abilities. Intel’s Core 2 CPUs, and AMD’s Athlon X2 CPUs, both contain special hardware instructions which accelerate these features.

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