3 posts • joined 22 May 2007
The inclusion of multiple hypervisors will lead to higher staffing support costs, additional command and control management platforms, and less standardization on hardware platforms. In other words, having more than one perpetuates the sins of IT past. It doesn't simplify business solution delivery; using multiples lends itself to more silos of stuff.
Everything that is discussed regarding multiple price points in the article is possible from a single hypervisor perspective, it just takes some forethought to how service delivery and licensing is managed. If you want a pool of resources that doesn't offer the latest and greatest in DR or HA capabilities, then the end user (or department) shouldn't get charged for it. Doesn't mean you have to change hypervisors, just change what add-ons are purchased for that pool of resources. By doing so, you stay standardized across the datacenter and regional offices without the need to support an ever increasing ball of complexity.
Virtualization done right is hard enough on it's own. Organizations should avoid falling into the trap of defining their virtualization tools as tactical solutions to localized problems. It's much larger than that. Virtualization done well is a strategic position that maximizes standardization, ROI, and time to market.
Getting to free
VMware didn't respond to MS pricing. They beat them to free. They saw the price war coming and decided they would take away the weapon before MS had a chance to club them over the head and get the marketing machine spun up on their stuff.
This just in: It worked.
Without the profit motive, MS spent dollars in other marketing hype, VMware managed to buy enough time to counter the MS marketing machine and have managed to position themselves as the defacto virtualization platform. Good on 'em for beating MS at their own game.
A virtual applicance - who would have thunk it.
W00t! We've just confirmed that MS is a year behind the technology/conceptual curve yet again.
Virtual Appliances aren't a new concept, although hosting one on a MS box might be.
Here's the link to the more than 300+ applicances that are available today from the folks that treat virtualization as part of an overall strategy as opposed to an add-on.
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