hyperv_logoAs expected Microsoft just announced the RTM release of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and the freeware product Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

Check out an extensive, Microsoft flavored, review of both products and it’s new features on this page at the Windows Virtualization Team Blog.

By releasing R2 with V-MotionLiveMigration Microsoft finally has listened to their customers and thereby makes their product more “Enterprise Ready“. With their slogan “We believe everyone should have access to high performance hypervisor based virtualization. Period.” they are hoping to make a giant leap in virtualization market share.

Although that this is just a small feature wich only add’s a little bit to the “Enterprise readiness“, I suspect that customers will welcome this as the holey missing grail and start accepting Hyper-V as a mature hardware virtualization product.

I can’t find a release date for SCVMM R2 yet but according to Rakesh from MS it’ll be really soon after the release of Hyper-V/W2K8 R2. Only then we’ll be able to release the full potential.