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Microsoft virtual networking upgrades keep pressure on VMware

Brandon Butler | Aug. 15, 2013
As part of the R2 series of updates to Windows Systems Center and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is taking a stepping up its virtual networking support, just as other cloud providers are doing the same.

"There's really no substitute to building and operating a massive-scale cloud," Carpenter says, who addsMicrosoft is "unparalleled" in that respect compared to organizations "who want to become a provider."

The networking-related R2 advancements are just one portion of a broader set of functionality Microsoft announced today. Other R2 updates include advancements to the Hyper-V hypervisor that automatically detect VM failure and remedy the problem. Linux is also now more fully supported as a backup OS.

Microsoft has already been threatening hypervisor leader VMware with Hyper-V, and Wolf says these new advancements only further Hyper-V as a general purpose X-86 virtualization platform "Make no mistake," he says. "This is a significant step forward."


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