Fifty-nine percent of tier-one banks are implementing virtualisation in IT, according to KRC Research in a report commissioned by Microsoft.
Curious that Microsoft sponsored such a report – industry experts have long thought the company had a very limited interest in virtualisation because it would reduce the number of Windows licenses an enterprise needs. Microsoft bought Boston-based Softricity in 2006 and more recently it has acquired other virtualisation firms. More than one person has told me Microsoft bought Softricity to get it out of the marketplace. But with VMW taking off, perhaps the company had no choice.
Now Microsoft offers infrastructure virtualisation software as part of the Windows platform, withHyper-V and Terminal Services available within Windows Server 2008, along with a comprehensive management platform, Microsoft System Center, to manage both virtual and physical infrastructure and applications.