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SP1’s a’comin. Will Hyper-V’s New Dynamic Memory Feature Influence your Virtual Platform Decision?

There’s been a substantial buzz about Microsoft’s Hyper-V Dynamic Memory announcement.  This new capability, long lauded (by even myself) as Hyper-V’s missing feature, is slated to arrive with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  It has at the same time been a primary source of scorn from the VMware fan base as well, “Don’t use Hyper-V.  They don’t have overcommit!”

Well, now its coming.  We don’t know the exact date, but we can expect it within a period of months.  And with its inclusion in the Hyper-V product, Microsoft’s virtualization platform takes yet another step towards full feature parity with their competitors.

Over the past twelve months I’ve travelled the country, presenting on virtualization platforms from all the major vendors.  I’ve also been subtly interviewing all manner of IT professionals to get their take on which hypervisor makes sense for them.  A fully non-scientific survey, my results have been personally quite interesting (and you’ll find me writing about them in this blog in the future).

But the questions that I’m dying to ask are these:  Is this the feature that’s been keeping you on the fence for Hyper-V adoption?  Will Microsoft’s inclusion of Dynamic Memory influence your virtual platform decision?

Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  If you do comment, consider giving us a bit of information about your IT environment, such as size of company and complexity of expected implementation.

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