TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Surviving hypervisor competition and chaos
II. Virtualization costs and pricing: News you can use
III. VMware vs. Microsoft vs. Xen: An expert face-off
IV. Cutting and controlling costs with virtualization: Expert advice
VMware recently announced that it will acquire B-hive Networks Inc. The purchase brings performance management and service-level reporting to applications running within VMware virtual machines on servers and desktops.
By Bridget Botelho, News Writer The coming hypervisor commoditization: A video with Burton senior analyst Chris Wolf
User defection from VMware to lower-priced Hyper-V remains a fiction
When Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor enters the virtualization market in August, it will be priced aggressively at only $28 per physical host. Some users will give it a try, especially Windows shops, but VMware customers that have invested money and time in VMware's expensive software won't switch to Hyper-V unless it outperforms VMware.
By Bridget Botelho, News Writer Xen remains steady alongside Hyper-V and VMware
Citrix Systems' Xen may not rival VMware's functionality or Hyper-V's price, but it can boast interoperability with Hyper-V and solid virtual desktop technology. With Xen's additional features like lifecycle management, server provisioning and load balancing will give Citrix an edge in the virtualization battle as the hypervisor itself becomes commoditized.
By Pam Derringer, News Writer Desktop virtualization has yet to woo users given high costs
Citrix Systems, VMware Sun Microsystems, Pano Logic and other vendors have pushed desktop virtualization as a way to centralize desktop management in the data center and to secure sensitive information that desktop computers normally hold, but users remain hesitant to deploy the technology given the hardware upgrade requirements and high cost.
By Bridget Botelho, News Writer Citrix simplifies XenServer pricing model; will VMware feel the pressure?
Citrix has simplified its XenServer pricing model so that users can deploy an unlimited number of virtual machines per server at a single price. Virtualization vendors like VMware and Virtual Iron Software charge incremental license fees based on the number of CPU sockets on each server, which some say is too complicated to track in large data centers. Will Citrix's move, and the pending arrival of the low cost Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, lead VMware to lower its pricing?
By Bridget Botelho, News Writer VMware pricing holds firm
Despite analyst predictions that VMware will have to lower the price of its flagship ESX Server hypervisor, VMware won't change prices in response to competition from the likes of Microsoft and Citrix. Why not? VMware claims that competitors are no match for ESX's stability and maturity. Furthermore, when customers deploy VMware's VMware Infrastructure suite, automation capabilities like dynamic resource scheduling and load balancing justify the price.
In our new bimonthly publication on issues in the next-generation data center, we've delved into the numerous challenges of virtual environments, including virtualizing major applications such as databases and email; how to weigh storage architectures for virtual environments; how to map a VMware strategy based on your company's needs and how to sift through the endless array of virtual desktop options.
By Contributors VMware's ESX 3i for free?
As hypervisor competition and commoditization become realities, VMware has shifted its strategy to transition customers from base-level embedded hypervisors to high-end pricing on management, replication and storage features.
By Joe Foran, Contributor VMware pricing track record suggests impending price cut
When VMware released Workstation in 1999, x86 virtualization became viable. Since then, VMware has expanded its product line to include the GSX and ESX hypervisors and the VMware Infrastructure suite even as it faces competition from Microsoft and Citrix. Although VMware's strategy has worked well in the past, a close look at VMware's pricing history points to cheaper ESX in the face of an ever-crowding virtualization space.
By Hannah Drake, Associate Editor, SearchVMware.com VMware superiority doesn't end with its hypervisor
Given VMware's steep cost, are small and medium-sized businesses stuck with either Microsoft or Citrix as a virtualization provider? For companies with smaller budgets, virtualization market competition isn't just about the hypervisor. Virtualization pros are banging the automation capabilities drum in favor of VMware. And until Microsoft and Citrix can offer similar features and capability, VMware may stay on top for some time.
By Rich Brambley, Contributor A virtual desktop infrastructure showdown
Some experts consider desktop virtualization the next logical virtualization frontier. But choosing a vendor to fulfill your virtual desktop infrastructure needs remains a formidable challenge. VMware customers will likely continue their investment and choose VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI. But those without an investment in VMware may turn to XenDesktop because of its thin-client history and lower price.
By Adam Trujillo, Site Editor, SearchVMware.com Comparing 3i, Hyper-V, XenServer
Current virtualization customers aren't likely to switch to Hyper-V or XenServer, especially as VMware positions ESXi as its hypervisor standard -- despite lower prices offered by Microsoft and Citrix. A smaller footprint and the possibility for higher consolidation ratios make ESXi platform a good value. But with new customers, who will consider capital costs, VMware faces a tough sell.
By Hannah Drake, Associate Editor, SearchVMware.com Viridian no game-changer for VMware
Free and low-cost virtual machine platforms are fine for provisioning and deploying VMs in nonproduction environments. But an enterprise-grade platform (read: ESX) is essential for critical workloads and data centers that need advanced management and automation capabilities.
By Jan Stafford, Editorial Director, Senior Site Editor, SearchServerVirtualization.com
For more on the virtualization pricing wars, check out the rest of our special report.