Microsoft's "Switch to Hyper-V" program is seeking to ease VMware to Hyper-V migrations for virtualization customers, partners and cloud services providers (CSPs). Announced at Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (WPC12), Microsoft has trained about 40 partners on Switch to Hyper-V tools and technologies, according to Mark Miller, director of communications for server and tools marketing. But can Microsoft partners really make a dent in VMware's virtualization market share? Hmmm...

Let's start with the basics. Miller says the Switch to Hyper-V program includes:
  • Best practices for partners, based on intellectual property that Microsoft has collected -- focused, of course, on completed migrations.
  • Practice accelerator guidance and related resources.
  • A Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit, which allows trained partners to perform end-to-end V2V migrations, Microsoft claims. Components include System Center Orchestrator 2012, Virtual Machine Manager and a partnership with Veeam Software, the top VMware and Hyper-V backup provider.
"We've got about 40 partners trained as of WPC," said Miller. One example: FyrSoft, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has trimmed migration times from 10 hours down to two hours per virtual machine (VM), Miller said.

No doubt, a lot of partners are looking forward to Windows Server 2012's launch in October. But can the Switch to Hyper-V campaign really make a dent in the VMware installed base? Hmmm...

Best Guess: Microsoft COO Kevin Turner will likely offer a virtualization market share update during his WPC12 keynote later this week. And VMware will announce Q2 results on July 23. Those results could offer some clues about the VMware vs. Microsoft showdown.

Hyper-V's installed base is certainly growing. And the Switch to Hyper V campaign sounds promising for loyal Microsoft partners. But The VAR Guy suspects VMware's market share is doing just fine...