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“Hyper-V is cheap in some cases” – VMware

December 6th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

One of the latest online calculators indicates that the server virtualization application of VMware is much more expensive when compared to Microsoft’s Hyper-V. To the surprise of many, VMware is the source that came up with the new calculator.

The results of the new calculator are emphasized in a gloating post by Microsoft in its blog. The blog post shows that the vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus edition is 19% more costly than the Hyper-V 3.0 by Microsoft with System Center 2012, when operating 100 VMs (virtual machines) with iSCSI SAN. Some of the other configurations also seem to point out that VMware is more expensive than Hyper-V, like when running 150 virtual machines (6% more expensive than Hyper-V).

Hyper-V is cheap in some cases - VMware

While this seems to be embarrassing for the VMware, the new development could be seen as just one of the tiny parts of backbiting, which keeps going on for a while. And Microsoft has also pointed out that even when the complete vCloud Suite’s taken to account, the figures are still off.

However, most of the researchers have stated that the real overall price for both platforms, Hyper-V and VMware, is heavily dependent on the type of virtualized workload and the IT shop’s size.

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Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gets Closer to VMware

November 30th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

With the new release of Hyper-V 3.0, Microsoft has added many new features to its Hyper-V Hypervisor, consequently pushing it even closer to its main rival, VMware.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gets Closer to VMware

Microsoft’s new improvements in the product positioning, has enabled it to pitch Hyper-V as a better substitute to VMware. The thing that the virtualization world is looking at is the fact that Microsoft deciding to offer many free features to its customers with Hyper-V, which they will have to pay for if they are going for VMware.

The new features come together with the Windows Server 2012, which is much more agile when it comes to moving the workloads around, and is also more flexible. The other improvements include combining several network adapters in order to handle load balancing, the ability of using direct attached storage and hefty memory support.

In addition Microsoft has made Hyper-V cheaper, making it immensely attractive to medium and small ventures.

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Suncorp scopes Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

November 22nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

Suncorp, the Australian Second-tier general insurance, banking, life insurance and wealth management giant, has stated that it has already evaluated deploying the new Windows Server 2012 server OS and the Hyper-V 3.0 virtualization platform by Microsoft. At the same time, they will be reducing the usage of the rival technology of VMware.

Suncorp scopes Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

In an wide-ranging case study done by Microsoft, shows that the company, one of the largest banks in Australia, with more than 16,000 staff members, is using software developed by both VMware and Citrix (XenApp).

Recently, when Windows Server 2012 along with Hyper-V 3.0 came into play, the technology use of the bank started setting up a virtual environment in order to analyze the replication of its VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).

It seems that Microsoft has started to stick the new Hyper-V knife into VMware within Australia. Many big organizations such as the NSW Department of Education, Coles and ING Direct have already decided to make the switch to Hyper-V.

However, VMware has been able to stay as the leading player in Australian virtualization market for a long time and is still strongly holding its place. Recently they also abandoned the licensing model which was memory-based, as the local customers were criticizing it.

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Server virtualization vendors are trying to push the application defined data center

November 19th, 2012    Posted in virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, web server news
 

It seems that, as gaps in features are closing between the rivals in the server virtualization industry, the vendors are looking to pull apart of the server infrastructure and go beyond server memory and CPU in their control. And the IT community seems to use the “wait and see” technique about how this will all come together.

Server virtualization vendors are trying to push the application defined data center

The VMware Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure, who delivers customer-proven virtualization solutions, has started to use the term “land-grab” to refer to this infrastructure of data centers where the software or the applications will be defining the data center. This concept took the center stage at the last VMworld conference by VMware in San Francisco.

According to the VMware executives who delivered the keynote speeches at VMworld conference, in a data center infrastructure which is software defined, “all of the infrastructure will be virtualized and will be delivered like a service, while the automation will be completely controlled by the software”.

Microsoft, which uses the Hyper-V virtualization technology, is also going to introduce its very own protocol to be used for network virtualization. The protocol is dubbed NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), which, similar to VXLAN by VMware, could be used in order to overcome the limitations in VLAN scalability.

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Windows Server 2008 trying to catch up with Linux

November 15th, 2012    Posted in Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server
 

Windows Server 2008 can never become Linux. And it is not likely that Windows could persuade the loyal users of Linux away from the open source OS anytime soon.

Windows Server 2008 trying to catch up with Linux

However, the Server Core and PowerShell, 2 of the most “talked about” features in Windows Server 2008, have solved the long-lamenting shortcomings of Windows in a Linux-like fashion. And this is expected to ease the concerns of restless Unix administrators to migrate to Linux, stated Al Gillen, analyst of IDC (International Data Corporation).

He also stated that as Microsoft keeps working on erasing the objections (by adding features like Server Core and PowerShell), the harder it would become for the admins in the “Unixland” to claim that Microsoft’s Windows Server does not meet their requirements.

The Windows Server 2008 offers a list of improvements that makes it a much better and much more competitive product in the market, but the above 2 features are specifically introduced to fill the gaps between the functionality of Unix or Linux and Windows.

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Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

November 5th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server
 

According to the channel partners and IT shops of Microsoft and VMware, when they compare the publicly available prices of the IT giants, the figures of both should be taken together with a pinch of salt, due to the fact that both these vendors are negotiating prices in order to capture territory in the virtualization market.

In theory, comparison between the published price lists for Microsoft and VMware virtualization tools differentiate according to many factors like the scale of the virtual environment, the kind of operating system that’s been virtualized, and also on the management tools that a particular customer buys.

However, there are many theoretical nitpicks, which surround operational efficiency, VM density and also the ever-elusive notion of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

As of now, for the customers of Microsoft, the best thing to do if they want to negotiate for a better price is to enter into an EA (Enterprise Agreement) with Microsoft. And the users of virtualization can also get a hold of the ECI (Enrollment for Core Infrastructure) that delivers Microsoft System Center 2012 and Windows Server OS together, which is cheaper than licensing those two products separately.

Although the ECI prices are different from organization to organization, the prices almost always drop well underneath the list prices.

In addition, Microsoft also offers generous discounts for the organizations that are in the field of education. Some educational organizations, such as the Olin Business School in Washington University (St. Louis), have reported that they are only paying $150 for a processor, which is actually priced at $2,357. That’s more than a 93% discount. And although VMware also offers academic discounts, they never even get close to that scale.

However, VMware is up for negotiations as well. VMware will offer discounts up to 50% Large VMware shops via the ELAs (Enterprise License Agreements). And according to VMware experts, almost no one pays the list price for anything.

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

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Global Cloud Virtualization Software Market 2011-2015

October 31st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, virtualization
 

According to the forecasts by analysts at TechNavio, the actionable, competitive, strategic, and customer intelligence related market research report provider, the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market will grow at 14.98% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate), during the period from 2011 to 2015.

Microsoft Corp. with its Hyper-V

According to them, one of the main factors for this growth rate is the need to build platform-independent computing solutions. It is also said that the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market is also having a much focus on green cloud computing. It seems that the only challenge that might cause a challenge to the growth of the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market is the growing security concerns on the subject of cloud computing.

TechNavio claims that the newly released report regarding the Global Cloud Virtualization Software Market 2011-2015 has been arranged based on a thorough analysis of the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market, with inputs from many experts in the industry. The report covers the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, APAC (Asia-Pacific) region, and the Americas.

According to the report, the key vendors who are currently dominating the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market include Microsoft Corp. with its Hyper-V, Citrix Systems Inc., VMware Inc., and IBM Corp. The other vendors that share a small portion of the market are Parallels, Amazon, Red Hat Inc., and Oracle Corp.

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VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Support for Microsoft Hyper-V Servers Coming Soon

October 30th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Although VMware is in a hypervisor battle with Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Citrix, RedHat, and Oracle, but it also finds itself in a war over the virtualization management control. There is a number of third-party vendors, who have been developing their own management technologies for many years. And they have been frequently out- innovating and out- navigating VMware. Although VMware welcomes management tools from its ecosystem partners such as Veeam, SolarWinds, VKernel, Zenoss, and VMTurbo, it’s still kind of a shaky situation.

VMware vCenter Server 5.1 support for Microsoft Hyper-V servers

One of the problems that VMware faces is, although the ecosystem third-party companies are coming up with brilliant management products, most of the virtual administrators do not like to stop using the vCenter clients they have. However, they also want to do their jobs the best way they can, which often requires managing multiple panes of glass in the virtual environment. And one thing that VMware lacks, when compared to other management vendors is the availability of a heterogeneous virtualization management tool.

VMware announced that the vCenter Server 5.1 would soon be able to manage Microsoft Hyper-V servers, at the VMworld Europe 2012. And they have come up with a new add-on to the vCenter Server that would allow this functionality. It is called the vCenter MHM (Multi-Hypervisor Manager).

According to VMware, the new plug-in that supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 hosts, will be available for downloading through the download page of VMware vCenter Server, in the third quarter of 2013.

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Microsoft Planning to Attract the Users of VMware with a New Migration Tool

October 22nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

From now on it is possible to download the free Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) tool by Microsoft. Las week, the company said that this new tool allows the virtual machines that run on VMware products to be converted t Hyper-V, which is Microsoft’s own virtualization environment.

Using the new Virtual Machine Converter, you can convert virtual drives or virtual machines that run on VMware vSphere, which uses the format VMDK, into versions compatible with Hyper-V.

MVMC - Microsoft's Virtual Machine Converter

In accordance to VMware, an entire server or desktop environment is condensed in a file by a virtual machine and the latter is included in the VMDK format as well as how it is stored, the information can then be utilized to provision, backup and patch the environment.

With MVMC, the VMs created using vSphere 4.0, 4.1 or 5.0 can be converted to Hyper-V Server versions, which can operate on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows Server 2012.

Administrators have the choice between either a version of the conversion tool with a command-line interface or one with a GUI (graphical user interface) that incorporates a wizard in order to facilitate the conversion work.

The new tool is introduced as a part of “Switch to Hyper-V” program by Microsoft. According to Microsoft, other than this tool, other resources, for instance best practices to assist to take the risk out of VM migrations, are also available through this program.

Even though Microsoft hasn’t revealed any information about when a production ready version will be out yet, the beta version of the new VMware console plugin version of MVMW is also accessible for download.

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VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

October 12th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Back in August, VMware announced its new vCloud Suite for the first time. However, after only 2 months, the company is already updating their new platform with a brand new vCloud Automation Center component and also adding enhancements to a number of others. The company also announced that the vCloud Suite is now capable of managing infrastructure built on Hyper-V hypervisors by Microsoft.

VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

The vCloud Suite 5.1 was introduced at San Francisco, at the VMworld event. However, at the European VMworld event that took place in Barcelona, Spain, the company introduced vCloud Automation Center 5.1. vCloud Automation Center 5.1 is a self-service provisioning portal built for the end users, which has the ability to operate across both public and private clouds. This includes third party clouds like Amazon Web Services.

The new component is primarily based on a technology, which VMware gained through DynamicOps, when they acquired the company in July. It is believed to enable the customers to speed up the provisioning new resources, simply by offering a new policy-driven automated approvals process.

Stephen Herrod, the chief technology officer at VMware, stated, “For the very first time, you are able to manage many other hypervisors. And you can do it all from just one place. And the support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V is coming first”.

According to VMware, the updated new cloud management tools will be available sometime later within this quarter. It will be available as part of the new VMware vCloud Suite.

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