Hi, my name is Chris Steffen, architect with Kroll Factual Data. You may have read one of my prior guest posts.

Recently, I came across an InformationWeek Analytics Weblog that asserted a bunch of half truths and misinformation about Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization solution. Usually, I can just let it go (everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right?), but in this case, the article was so skewed and so misleading that I felt that I needed to respond.

Full disclosure – I am a Microsoft MVP for virtualization and a very happy Microsoft Hyper-V customer. Over the years, I have written about and presented many times on the topic of virtualization in general (including Hyper-V, ESX and Xen), and the benefits my company has experienced implementing the of the Microsoft virtualization solution. I certainly recognize my particular biases, but my biases originate from the ability of Microsoft’s virtualization solutions working in my enterprise environment.

In my position as a technology architect, I try to stay on top of all of the latest advances in technologies that could benefit our business. As my company is heavily invested in virtualization, I am keenly aware of the constantly changing virtualization platforms and their continued claims of superiority over each other. But some of these arguments from VMWare are just getting old. I will try to separate some of the “myths” from the reality of the debate.

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