Yes, Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012 (The “Free” standalone hypervisor) is out for general consumption today.
Now let’s see how the guys at Red Hat, VMware and Citrix respond to this latest release of Hyper-V. And oh, please don’t post VMware FUD here. I’ve read it before and I find them quite… well misleading. No, the Hyper-V software doesn’t run on top of Windows, as VMware has suggested from time to time. It runs under the layer of the management operating system.
And oh, Microsoft – Why did you leave ServerCore-WoW64 enabled on a Hypervisor only platform? There shouldn’t be a reason as to why it has to be enabled and I will recommend people to turn it off. It conserves (small amounts) of memory being used on a server. Unless you have legacy tools that wasn’t re-compiled to run under x86_64, then well, turn it off!