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Bridget Botelho, News Writer Published: 13 Oct 2012

Microsoft claims that Hyper-V is cheaper than VMware . But there are several hidden costs that, depending on the user scenario, may make VMware the more cost-effective option, analysts and users say. Microsoft touts Hyper-V as a lower-priced virtualization option than VMware's ESXi, but for straight server consolidation, it's unclear whether Hyper-V is that much cheaper than VMware because of Hyper-V's system requirements and lower consolidation ratios. For more on pricing and virtualization features: Virtualization pricing wars: The future of VMware, Hyper-V and Xen Virtualization pricing news you can use Assessing Hyper-V's benefits, limitations   Management features aside, VMware boasts higher consolidation ratios than does Hyper-V and can run on older CPU models, while Hyper-V runs only on the latest -- and most expensive -- CPUs with virtualization-assist technology, and it uses more physical memory per virtual machine than ESX. IT managers who want to figure out the ROI they can achieve from using virtualization for server consolidation should ... Access >>>

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