After years of trying to pry market share away from VMware, Microsoft's Hyper-V is beginning to show major progress as a virtualizaiton platform, at least for small- and medium-sized businesses, according to a recent study from Pearlfinder.
The report found more SMBs are turning to Hyper-V-based systems for either on-premise virtualization or to meet their virtual server hosting needs. Overall, the report found all virtualization platforms are beginning to do well in the SMB market because small businesses are showing a growing willingness to invest in virtualizaiton.
As a whole, virtualization is among the fastest growing IT trends identified in the report. Whether it be in VMware or Hyper-V, companies are quickly moving to virtualized systems to reduce costs and improve IT efficiency, the report said.
"We saw a massive change in the drivers behind virtualization work. Cost cutting dropped to be the fifth most popular reason. IT managers were more interested in looking at virtualization as a way to improve the flexibility of their operations," the Pearlfinder report said.
According to a recent Article Mesh report, Hyper-V can be used in conjunction with Windows Server 2008 to create a powerful Windows VPS hosting plan that features a number of advanced hosting options.