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Hyper-V will be embraced by SMB with open arms!

This is what I can conclude from:
- This post
- My past experience of using Microsoft's products
- Microsoft's proven bet-low, diagonal penetration strategy
- We all use Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, Dynamics etc etc
- Microsoft's own MAP (Assessment and Planning) tool wil be doing the analysis for free!

Microsoft needs to do a lot more than just provide a greater technology, and my sources tell me that Microsoft is doing all that. Microsoft is expanding rapidly and will definitely pose a challenge to many vendors. Microsoft will soon embed its virtualization technology into its applications and will take it to the clouds before you know it.

So if people are wondering about the typical lag that Microsoft may have had when it launched NT, SQL 1.0, Mailserver etc, then I can assure you that when Microsoft has its nose in the right direction it might be a much faster re-capture than one can imagine. Trust me on this.

"In the end, it comes down to price," Teter said. "If customers don't need the high-end management tools of VMware, Hyper-V will be good enough for many of them. Not everyone needs all those elegant management tools."

For other solution providers, the potential impact of Hyper-V could be huge under the right conditions.

Hyper-V will be a great technology for customers looking to integrate Microsoft Exchange and other products, said Zeki Yasar, CTO of Intellistore, a Mountain View, Calif.-based solution provider.

"So Microsoft becomes the one-stop shop," he said. "It will be neat to have the various servers for security, communications and redundancy running on software from a single operating system company. It's attractive to companies used to working with Microsoft for total support."

While Hyper-V will be a hit with Microsoft-focused customers, how it will impact VMware is hard to tell at this point, Yasar said.

"A lot of companies have come to market touting lower prices than VMware, but VMware is still growing," he said. "Time will tell. But VMware is pretty well established. There's still a lot of share for VMware to take."

Hope Hayes, president of Alliance Technology Group, a Hanover, Md.-based solution provider, said all Microsoft has to do is say, "Here we are."

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