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04 Sep 2008

ESX 3.5 Update 2 qualified under Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program(SVVP)

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VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 is the first hypervisor to be listed under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program, providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware.

The announcement came from VMware on 3 September 2008.

“Virtualization is now well within the IT mainstream and our relationship with Microsoft underscores how far virtualization has come by providing VMware ESX users with access to valuable support for their virtualized Microsoft applications,” said Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing, VMware. “VMware and Microsoft are working cooperatively to help ensure that our joint customers can employ the benefits of virtualization along with the peace of mind that professional product support can provide.”

Microsoft’s Server Virtualization Validation Program enables VMware and other software providers to test and validate their virtualization software to run Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of Windows Server. Under this program, Microsoft offers cooperative technical support to customers running Windows Server on validated, non-Microsoft server virtualization software, such as VMware ESX 3.5 update 2. Customers with support policies in place, and running Windows Server-based applications on VMware ESX 3.5u2, can receive cooperative technical support from Microsoft. VMware also offers an extra layer of protection for customers, outside of Microsoft’s Server Virtualization Validation Program, who work directly with VMware for support. The additional protection is a part of the VMware Premier Support contract with Microsoft that enables VMware to escalate application issues rapidly and work directly with Microsoft engineers to expedite resolution.

This in my view this is great news. I have to admit that I haven't really been following the scrap between Microsoft and VMware, as in my opinion nothing currently beats VMware ESX Server as a Virtualization Hypervisor. The news of support for VMware form Microsoft therefore came as a pleasant surprise.

 

More information is available here:

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/svvp.html

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