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CiRBA analysis tool compares Hyper-V and VMware

If you are thinking about Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization but aren’t sure how it will fare against VMware in your data center, a new tool from Toronto, Ontario-based CiRBA Inc. might help.

This week, CiRBA announced the availability of packaged analysis templates that compare Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V versus VMware-based virtualization.

Using CiRBA’s analysis, data centers can examine the suitability of each hypervisor for a given environment, see consolidation ratios, long-term management considerations and financial returns from each platform.

CiRBA’s analysis templates for Hyper-V and VMware-based virtualization are driven by specialized Rulesets for each platform in combination with utilization analysis.

The new comparative analysis templates for Hyper-V and VMware essentially provide a vendor-agnostic analysis, data, and organization-specific business and technical constraints to determine the best option for any given environment. Examples of comparison points between the two competitor products include:

*Per-guest resource limits: Hyper-V and VMware offer different per-guest maximum resource configurations, meaning the number of virtual CPUs, memory and network interfaces supported, which could impact compatibility.

*Memory over commit: Hyper-V and VMware differ in their ability to share memory between VMs, making efficiency gains through “over-commitment.” This differentiating factor can impact consolidation ratios and infrastructure design.

*Workload mobility: The two technologies differ in their support for the live migration of workloads between physical servers. Hyper-V doesn’t offer live migration yet, VMware does (VMotion).

CiRBA customers can access these new analysis features through CiRBA Central, a central repository of analysis rules that allows organizations to stay up to date on the latest best practices in data center optimization. CiRBA Powered Partners will also have access to these rules in order to help guide their clients through the selection of optimal technology for their environment.

For more information on CiRBA’s comparative analysis for Hyper-V versus VMware, contact the company.

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