Die Yankee Group hat einen interessanten Vergleich zwischen der Virtualisierungslösung von Microsoft und VMWare erstellt. Eine Zusammenfassung stelle ich hier mal online:

Summary: This report discusses the emergence of vendors (specifically Microsoft, Citrix and Oracle) competing with VMware on price. Microsoft is portrayed as working to close the gap on VMware’s performance & functionality edge while offering an overall lower TCO.  As this report reviews products available today the cost comparison for Microsoft uses Virtual Server instead of Hyper-V.

Key Takeaways:


· Yankee correctly asserts VMware’s grasp on the market but calls into question the sustainability of its pricing & licensing model as competing vendors with comparable solutions look to commoditize the virtualization market.

· Physical & virtual management is noted as key points favoring Microsoft, demonstrating low cost/high value and single pane for physical and virtual management. Yankee Group notes Microsoft System Center as having a differentiated strategy than VMware, with the ability to manage both physical and virtual environments.

· The report cites the Server Management Suite Enterprise as costing $860 versus VMware’s Virtual Center which retails for $5000 and does not focus on lifecycle management.

· Microsoft server virtualization (Host OS plus Virtual Server) is noted as being 75% less than VMware in a single server configuration. VMware acquisition costs are positioned as complicated, requiring customers to purchase Windows Server, or guest OS of choice, for each physical server in addition to ESX or V13. According to Yankee Group, only 10% of VMware customers are deploying a free version of the hypervisor in production scenarios.


Q: Did Microsoft pay for this report?

A:  No, this is not a Microsoft commissioned report.  However, Microsoft worked closely with the analyst author to provide feedback and offer content to the report.

Q:  Is this report available to the public?

A:  Yes.  Microsoft has secured unlimited physical and electronic reprint rights to the report.