Opinion Piece on VMware Licensing

So over the past few months I’ve been seeing a lot of customers within the Public Sector and Education looking at transitioning off VMware vSphere and onto Microsoft Hyper-V! With tightening budgets or even budget cuts, IT admins in these industries are looking for quick wins in slashing their IT bills and many see dropping VMware for the ‘free’ Microsoft hypervisor as an obvious choice!

The problem is, you can argue about VM densities per host, resource scheduling, live migrations, DR, and other technical aspects of why vSphere trumps Hyper-V…. However, the reply is always the same…. “Well Hyper-V is Good Enough for our environment…. and it’s Free!!”

Yes, Hyper-V is good enough as a hypervisor… and yes it’s free…. but when you have a large estate, the density ratio impacts the amount of servers you need to buy and you still need to invest in System Center with Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) if you want to effectively manage a cluster of Hyper-V hosts.

Unfortunately, I’m now of the impression that VMware advocates can no longer keep using the same argument when doing comparisons between vSphere and other hypervisors…. IT admins just don’t care any more…. “if the hypervisor is free and can virtualise my servers, then that’s the one I’m going for!!”

Anyways, I ended up sitting down and writing an opinion piece for SearchVMware.com on this topic….. you can view it here:

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/opinion/Could-market-saturation-push-VMware-to-make-vSphere-Standard-free

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vSphere 6.0 update 3 released

With all the news around vSphere 6.5, one might forget that the majority of customers are still probably running 6.0….. at least VMware haven’t forgotten about you guys! =)

vSphere 6.0 Update 3 was released last week and with it updates to vCenter Server, vSAN, vSphere Replication.

I can’t see anything major within the new update for vSphere/vCenter – minor update to ESXi Host Client, and support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol.

Biggest update seems to be with vSAN 6.2 with some important fixes to aid with vSAN performance issues relating to large sequential writes and large file deletes when vSAN data services is turned on (such as dedupe and compression). Optimisation has also been made to the checksum code path. Details are available through VMware KB article vSAN performance enhancements delivered with vSphere 6.0 Update 3

 

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