Hey VMware… Novell called. They want their future back! I must admit, having been in IT for a while, I’ve gotten used to Microsoft coming in a little late to the party, then dominating the heck out of a market. We can see that a similar trend is going on in the virtualization market. I can’t tell you the number of current VMware customers who are calling me wanting to talk about Windows Server 2012. Let’s take a look at the market as Microsoft and VMware will compete after the release of Windows Server 2012. I think you’ll find that the business and technology case for Microsoft is pretty compelling in virtualization and management.
I’d start by giving the comparison guide a good read.
Here are the key items that I find compelling:
Microsoft really knows automation. This is accomplished through System Center for both IT and analyst requests. It’s clear that we’ve moved into a datacenter phase where we’re very interested in commoditization and automation. Microsoft has delivered plumbing in this area that VMware frankly doesn’t have. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out System Center Service Manager + Orchestrator and see for yourself. Here are some examples to check out:
Microsoft got the pricing model right. Microsoft basically assumes that virtualization is a tool incumbent to its datacenter stack and therefore made it free. Hyper-V can be downloaded for free, or installed from the Windows Server installer. This facilitates the automation and management capabilities of System Center. VMware’s cost model is now upside down. They need to keep convincing people that you should pay extra just to virtualize.
Microsoft’s virtualization technology has passed or matched VMware on all performance and scalability features. Check out the statistics and see for yourself.
- Host and VM Processors and Memory:
- Storage and Capacity:
Microsoft has virtualization mobility for even non-clustered systems with no-shared-storage. Yes, you can live migrate between two systems with nothing but a network cable.
Microsoft has out-of-box multi-site failover capabilities for no additional cost. Hyper-V Replica enabled virtual machines to be replicated from one site to another easily, without expensive SAN replication or extra licensing.
Microsoft has a great deliverable on VDI. Check out all the new features in RDS in Windows Server 2012.
Microsoft has excellent networking features. This includes out-of-box NIC teaming, security features, and partner integration capabilities.
If you want to see VMware’s new sales strategy, check this out: