Virtualization costs, features and management comparison

Virtualization costs, features and management are the biggest factors when it comes to choosing a platform. This podcast answers frequently asked questions about comparing VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Comparing virtualization costs is a complicated process that depends on your organization's specific goals. To best understand your potential virtualization costs, you must first determine the virtualization features and management capabilities you need.

VSphere boasts several advanced virtualization features, including Fault Tolerance for business continuity and disaster recovery, and memory overcommit, which allows the hypervisor to assign more memory to a virtual machine than the physical host has available. Some of these virtualization features are only available in certain editions of vSphere, which carry a higher price tag.

Microsoft is playing catch-up to these features. Hyper-V R2 added Live Migration and Cluster Shared Volumes, a cluster-aware file system. And Hyper-V R2 Service Pack 1 included Dynamic Memory, Microsoft’s answer to VMware’s memory overcommit. Microsoft's virtualization costs also have some appeal; Hyper-V is available as a free, standalone hypervisor or included with the Windows Server operating system.

Get a full comparison of virtualization costs and features and learn more about the virtualization management capabilities of vSphere and Hyper-V in this FAQ podcast.

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This was first published in March 2011

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