I’ve already written about Doug Brown’s excellent series of podcast interviews with Microsoft virtualization experts. In short, it is required listening for anyone interested in virtualization in general and Microsoft’s take on virtualization in particular. Here are a few gems I’ve extracted from these podcasts, with some personal observations:
What does all this mean for Ericom? We believe that Hyper-V will become a significant factor in the virtualization market, but that VMware will remain a dominant player for some time to come, at least. As a result, many organizations will find themselves utilizing multiple types of hypervisors and their data-centers, despite the obvious desire to standardize on a single vendor. Moreover, the approach taken by Oracle, of officially supporting its products only on its own virtualization platform, may lead to even greater diversification. In this context, Microsoft’s decision to enable management of multiple types of hypervisors using a single console appears to be very justified.
We believe that VDI connection brokers must take the same approach. As a results, our connection broker already supports VMware VirtualCenter 1.x and 2.x, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 (Hyper-V support is in the works), Xen and VirtualIron. Oracle VM support will be added very soon. Add to that our longstanding support for Terminal Servers as well as many other types of back-end systems all within the same product, and you’ve got total access solution.