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January 20, 2009

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DEANDOWNSOUTH

Microsoft still doesn't really understand virtualization and it shows by the very slow way they are making changes. The OS should be contained within the installation, be it physical or virtual, and it should be allowed to move back and forth as needed by the client.

This is another clear opportunity for Linux to continue to grow in adoption as IT shops grow tired of these games. So where Linux can be a good replacement, I will recommend it. A RHEL support license is a lot less expensive than DC edition for sure.

The other reason why they want Datacenter edition is it costs a whole heck of a lot more than the other versions so they get more money then they normally would have. Good for them, bad for clients. It also will give them a broader "installed base" for Hyper-V which will skew numbers of just how many clients are actually using it.

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