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

Pick up the pace with VMware NSX network virtualization

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…. =)

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/Pick-up-the-pace-with-VMware-NSX-network-virtualization

Enjoy…

VMware – Enabling the Digital Enterprise – Hybrid Cloud

Part 2 of my review of VMware’s Digital Enterprise online event at the beginning of February has just gone up on SearchVMware.com:

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/Changes-and-new-features-come-with-VSAN-62-and-vRealize-Suite-7

This covers the announcements made on the 2nd day which was focused on Hybrid Cloud, Hyper-Converged Software and vRealize Suite.

Enjoy! =)

VMware – Enabling the Digital Enterprise – The Digital Workspace

Part 1 of my review of VMware’s Digital Enterprise online event at the beginning of February has just gone up on SearchVMware.com:

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/Significant-updates-accompany-VMware-Workspace-ONE-announcement

This covers the announcements made on the 1st day which was focused on End User Computing and the Digital Workspace.

Enjoy! =)

Where qualified partners stand with EVO:RAIL + What does the Future Hold for the product?

SearchVMware.com have just published a two-part article of mine where I’ve discussed the different QEP offerings in EMEA and what the future holds for EVO:RAIL….

I couldn’t believe how hard it was to get decent technical material regarding some of the partners EVO:RAIL appliance… Fujitsu and HDS were the hardest to get any info from – and by info I mean how it integrates with their other products, what value-add they bring to the table, etc.

Anyways, have a read here and let me know if you agree:

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/Where-qualified-partners-stand-with-EVORAIL

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/What-the-future-holds-for-VMware-EVORAIL