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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PS4 gripes……

Been a busy week trying to sort out bits and pieces for my new job…… not to mention re-adjusting to waking up really early in the morning in order to drive to the office! (Did I mention I’m not a great morning person? Good thing my wife is…. and helps kick me out of bed!)

The other day I was thinking that whilst my blog will predominantly be about VMware, I should at least expand it a bit and blog (or moan) about techie stuff in general….

 

So WHO watched the PS4 launch event? Pretty hard to miss considering every gaming internet site was abuzz with what could be talked about…. However, I’ve never been a fan of Playstation and pretty much lost my love for Sony years ago (see reason later on), so I pretty much found something better to do at 11pm on the 20th Feb 2013…… catch up on my sleep! =)

So why am I going to moan about the PS4 launch event? Well, the star of the show didn’t even turn up for the event!! Sony basically launched….. A CONTROLLER (and a camera)!

Yes….. A controller… but not just any old controller…… one that has a touch pad on it!! And a ‘share‘ button…..!! Oooooo…..

After watching the replay, I just felt that everything was so over-rated (again – *cough* PS3)…. the launch event was stuffed full of promises, but actually had very little concrete commitment (like a console)! Although if I’m honest, some of the announcements sounds neat and Sony are hedging their bets on a new type of ‘social gaming’ market!
Being able to capture and upload video, spectate each other’s games, even virtually pass the controller to someone else if you’re stuck in a game…. it all sound awesome, but in my opinion it’s just like how Facebook’s “Like” button has faired…. when it first came out, everyone went mad ‘liking’ everything…. as the novelty wore off, less people used it… and I can see this feature of the PS4 going the same way! In the first couple of months everyone will be doing it, but after a while it will just become too much of a pain-in-the-ass to share stuff with mates!
Plus some of the features (like sharing the game with others) will require your mates to be on at the same time, or else the novelty will be lost! (Not to mention the wait time if you’ve shared your game with a friend to ask them for help – assuming you can do ‘offline’ sharing).

TBH, I didn’t think the location of the touch pad was very clever either….. how are you supposed to reach and use the touch pad when gaming?!? You’ll be quite uncomfortable stretching your thumbs to swipe it…..

 

But my biggest question has to be “Why AMD?”

AMD have had a poor couple of years…. fallen waaaay behind Intel on the desktop and server CPU market and even face competition from the likes of ARM!

Don’t believe me? Well here are some of their failures over the past few years!

  • K10 chip delays….
  • Barcelona and Fusion issues, glitches, bugs, AND delays
  • …… and when they did finally make it off the production lines they had performance issues! (ie. Intel pissed all over them in the benchmarks with their Core i architecture – Nehalem/Sandy Bridge)
  • Phenom core issues (remember the 3-core phenom?)….
  • Bulldozer’s failure…..

5+ years ago AMD could do no wrong, the Athlon CPUs were THE cpus to have in custom gaming rigs…. Intel had been knocked off the top spot and looked very worried! And AMD were looking to gobble up ATI (Then makers of some of the best GPUs in the market having knocked Nvidia off their perch!)…. but it’s all gone wrong…… Intel have come storming back, and so have Nvidia!

Then again, it’s an interesting step away from the old PowerPC based PS3….. and the EmotionEngine of the PS2! Looks like Sony have decided to stop tinkering in the CPU market and go to a ‘proper’ CPU player!

…. Maybe it’s because the APU from AMD will be damn cheap compared to other cpus in the market! Considering Sony have been making a loss, this could be a good reason why!

……. I’m just waiting for Microsoft to announce they’re using Intel and Nvidia GPUs in their next Xbox…. boom, goodbye PS4!! LOL…… =)

 

So why do I hate Sony products?? Well I detest Sony products as much as I have now come to detest Apple products…. and for the same reason…. they think their customers are idiots (actually most are) and will pay excessive amounts of money for mediocre tech – just ‘because’ it carries their name and is ‘cool’!
I use to own several Sony products (walkmans, discmans) but soon realised I was paying over the odds for a piece of tech I could easily have bought cheaper from a competitor (and sometimes better performing).
Sony VAIO is a classic case…. stupidly high pricing on laptops that were pretty to look at, but pretty pants specs wise….. could easily have got a laptop twice as powerful for half as less from the likes of Asus or Acer!

As for Sony TV…. well, it’s the same…… Samsung/Panasonic are equally as good! Not to mention Sony/Samsung use to share a joint venture in manufacturing their panels!

 

Sony have lost money on PS3…. why? Overpriced for a piece of tech that matches the performance of the Xbox 360…. And without them announcing the price point of the console, I can see them having the same issues with the PS4!

IMHO, it feels like Sony are worried about what Microsoft will announce and just ‘wanted’ to be first to launch…….

Well, it’s over to you Microsoft…… knock my socks off and I may succumb to buying the new Xbox just like I did with the 360! =)