New Zealand datacentre and hosting company Revera has added Microsoft’s HyperV virtualisation as an alternative offering to VMware.
In the process it becomes only one of 40 companies worldwide to join Microsoft’s rapid deployment programme for the product, which is expected to go to general release in July or August.
“We had people at Redmond in January and we’ve rolled it out internally,” says Revera spokesman Robin Cockayne. “It will enable us to offer another tier to customers.”
Microsoft locally has pitched HyperV as a cheaper alternative to VMware but Cockayne says that’s yet to be fully determined.
“There’s a degree of understanding from Microsoft on licensing,” he says.
“HyperV hasn’t quite got the functionality of VMware, mainly around failover, but these features have been promised by Microsoft.
“We anticipate it will eventually muscle up alongside VMware.”
Several hundred companies worldwide had applied to join the rapid deployment programme, he says. Revera was the only one chosen from New Zealand.
Revera received its first release of HyperV three weeks ago.
Cockayne says another product, Virtual Machine Manager, is wrapped up with HyperV. It enables third-party virtualisation products to be ported into HyperV, which is part of Windows Server 2008.