So, I’m a feed reader, doing crazy amounts of information processing every day, from Cars, to Gadgets, to Cats… The thing that I read the most about of course, is Virtualization. Not just VMware, but Hyper-V and Xen too! (and VirtualIron, and Cloud Computing, and any number of other virtualization things. While right now VMware is the top enterprise competitor for organizational virtualization, it may not always be, and as I work at one of the industries leading service provider companies, we need to keep on top of these things.
Every time I read an article (like this one) about Hyper-V, the person writing the article seems to tout that Hyper-V is FREE! and that makes it better somehow? The thing that I don’t believe anyone seems to mention is that if you run a hybrid shop (Windows, Linux, etc..) or even an entirely Linux shop, you may need to buy extra windows licences to run your hypervisors. To me, that’s not FREE!
The comment below :
it's essentially a free competitor to industry big dog VMware ESX, and it doesn't yet include an analogous tool to VMware's indispensable VMotion tool (but will when Server 2008 R2 arrives)
Basically, Hyper-V is ‘kind of’ FREE! and VMware doesn’t give you VMotion out of the box… Sigh!
Also, many of the other applications that you require to run and manage a successful shop are not included with your Hyper-V installation (Patching, Monitoring, Management, Provisioning), and again, that’s not FREE! Sure if you have these things on site, this will give you additional features to add to your armada, and that’s great, but they’re not features that are new to the market.
VMware, being the sneaky folk that they are, released VMware ESX 3i for FREE! (really FREE this time) The only thing is, in my opinion, they’ve not done enough of a guerilla effort to undercut Microsoft Marketing (which would be hard, as in a lot of cases Microsoft puts the M in Marketing).
Sure, you don’t get VMotion, or vCenter, but really, you get something free, enterprise class, and you don’t need to worry about what’s ‘enlightened’ and what’s not. Feel free to comment away in the section provided.