by STB Blogger

VMware (Finally) Admits that its Costs are Higher than Microsoft’s

A blog post by Microsoft general manager Amy Barzdukas discusses how the VMware cost per application calculator reveals what our customers and partners have been telling us all along – VMware vSphere 5.1 costs more than Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 combined. The calculator indicates the cost-per-application to virtualize 100 apps using VMware vSphere 5.1 is 19% higher than with Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center 2012. Notably, the calculator still incorrectly assumes a 20% density advantage with vSphere 5.1 against Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. A true “apples-to-apples” cost comparison of VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 and the Microsoft private cloud solution by Microsoft’s Private Cloud Economics Tool shows 440% higher cost with VMware.

Title: Forrester Research: Windows Azure SQL Database an Enterprise Cloud Database Leader

Forrester Research, Inc. positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012. Microsoft received the highest scores of any vendor in Current Offering and Market Presence. Forrester notes that “cloud database offerings represent a new space within the broader data management platform market,” pegging the public cloud database market at approximately $400 million today and predicting that it will grow to $1.2 billion by 2017.

Forrester identified the benefits of Windows Azure SQL Database as follows: “With this service, you can provision [a SQL Database instance] easily, with simplified administration, high availability, scalability, and its familiar development model.”

In addition to reading the full report, you can find several examples of customers using Windows Azure SQL Database on the Windows Azure team blog here. The best way to try out SQL Database and Windows Azure is through the free trial. Click here to get started.

CROSSMARK Customer Spotlight

With the growth of the consumer goods industry, retailers need to be able to process the large and complex datasets created from their sales and marketing campaigns to find useful and actionable insights to better reach their customers. CROSSMARK, a provider of sales and marketing services for manufacturers and retail companies, recently launched a new self-service data portal powered by SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW). The portal provides CROSSMARK’s clients quick access to real-time market data to find business insights and to inform strategic decisions, and frees up resources so CROSSMARK employees focus on helping its customers.

To read more about CROSSMARK, take a look at its Customer Spotlight feature as well as our Data Platform Insider blog post about CROSSMARK’s solution.

Server and Tools Customer Reviews on TechNet Radio

Infrastructure engineer Mike Dragone, who reviewed Windows Server 2012 on our new Server and Tools Customer Reviews page, recently sat down with TechNet Radio to discuss his experience with Windows Server, his favorite Windows Server 2012 features and the evolution of IT.

Check out the Customer Reviews page to listen to the full interview and read what other users have to say about Windows Server, System Center, Windows Azure and SQL Server.