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:
I’ve been so busy the past week or so that I totally forgot to post up a link to an article I wrote for SearchVMware regarding the recent announcement of the end of the C# Client!
Finally got round to finishing off my article on NSX for SearchVMware.com…. I’ve been sitting on this article since last year, but given that my company, MTI Technology, are one of the focus NSX partners in UK this year (one of five partners), it’s probably appropriate if I got the article published…. =)
Part 2 of my review of VMware’s Digital Enterprise online event at the beginning of February has just gone up on SearchVMware.com:
This covers the announcements made on the 2nd day which was focused on Hybrid Cloud, Hyper-Converged Software and vRealize Suite.
Part 1 of my review of VMware’s Digital Enterprise online event at the beginning of February has just gone up on SearchVMware.com:
This covers the announcements made on the 1st day which was focused on End User Computing and the Digital Workspace.