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Developing a virtual machine placement plan
In Vol. 9 of Virtual Data Center, learn how to become more assertive with your virtual machine placement. Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest make the case that a good VM placement plan can increase the workload density of servers. Bridget Botelho compares Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization with VMware's ESX hypervisor, and Stephen J. Bigelow helps you calculate the real costs of deploying any virtualization platform.
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Move from conservative to aggressive VM placement and reap the server consolidation benefits while maintaining performance.
On paper, Microsoft's Hyper-V costs less than VMware ESXi, but several gotchas drive up its overall cost.
Server virtualization is an obvious money-saver, but you still need to calculate return on investment. There are often hidden costs that will affect your virtualization ROI.