For those who follow this blog, you have noticed that the blog is much more about Microsoft Virtualization and why you should use it and less about what is negative with the competition. While I do write and make comparisons with VMware, my goal is to promote Microsoft Virtualization.
Still, when I meet users and customers, especially at shows like TechEd EMEA and VMworld, I often get asked "why do comparison to VMware at all?" The honest answer is that we get asked for comparisons against VMware and often, we have to respond to negative attacks on Hyper-V. While it’s within anyone’s right to post their opinions on Hyper-V, lately, there has been a lot of comparisons and opinions that I feel fall into the FUD category. That’s why I felt compelled to write up something to respond.
What is FUD? I think a lot of people forget what FUD really stands for. FUD is Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. FUD is when people make assertions or statements that simply are trying to scare people away from what they are attacking. FUD is not simply an argument that you don’t agree with. I do want to make clear that not everyone is pushing FUD. There are many articles and bloggers out there, including Pro-VMware ones, that are not pushing FUD. I read many of them regularly and I respect and appreciate what they write (even if I don’t always agree :) ). Unfortunately, lately, there still seems to be articles and posts, that people keep highlighting due to their provocative titles, that are more FUD than fact.
The issue is that the FUD being spread about Hyper-V is for one purpose, to get you not to try Hyper-V and System Center. Very few of the FUD articles say something like “Try both solutions out and compare". They all basically say “It’s not worth your time to try it, trust me” or “You might try it a little but don’t deploy it as it’s very risky and your business might suffer because of it.” This goes against the most basic point that I make on my site, which is to try Microsoft Virtualization , evaluate it, deploy it for workloads, ask others who have deployed it, and see for yourself.
What I want to do today is not address specific articles on Hyper-V. I want to address a couple of key facts to help sort through the FUD that is being posted. So let’s start:
My final point is one that based on my conversations over the years, that many of you agree with me on. Virtualization and Hypervisor choice is not like going to war. You don’t have to pick one side only and you don’t have to destroy the other side to successful. People take it way too seriously. Virtualization is a great technology but it’s simply that, a technology. Something we use to make our lives easier and better.
As I have stated throughout this post and in most of my posts, try Hyper-V and the Microsoft Virtualization products for yourself. That is the only way to determine what Microsoft Virtualization can do for you.
Edwin Yuen Senior Technical Product Manager – Virtualization
Well, I’m back after some time off for the holidays and recovering from TechEd EMEA. I wanted to start off the week with a couple of quick notes. I wanted to remind everyone that you can follow me on my Twitter account (@edwinyuen) and also on the Because it’s Everybody’s Business blog that I contribute to.
While I was back, I filmed a video on System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010, covering why small and medium businesses would use virtualization and how SCE 2010 can help them. For more information on SCE 2010, take a look at the SCE website.
Finally, I want to point out a new webcast, called Thrive Live! IT Professional Virtualization Tour. It’s a TechNet webcast that talks about Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, VHD Native Boot, Windows XP Mode, and Virtual Machine Manager. The webcast is Thursday, December 10th at 8am Pacific time. To register, use the following link:
Look out for a couple more posts this week, as I have some new case studies on Microsoft Virtualization.
I’ve been highlighting Microsoft case studies recently because they do such a great job of showcasing tangible benefits from using Microsoft virtualization. Highlighting more real-world examples is something that a lot of you have been asking for when I meet you at shows and meeting. I just saw another one that is definitely worth a read: PEAB is a fast-growing Swedish construction and civil engineering firm that—like many companies—was grappling with server sprawl and all the IT management and financial challenges that come with it.
PEAB found that using Windows Server 2008 Datacenter with Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager provided all the capabilities they needed at less cost than VMware. It cut server deployment time by 87 percent, reduced costs for licensing and energy consumption, and expects to trim hardware purchases by 40 servers annually and staff management time by 280 hours annually.
Here’s what PEAB had to say:
“Microsoft had a very promising evolution path for Hyper-V, and it was much less expensive than VMware. With Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, we would obtain unlimited virtual-machine licensing, which represented a big savings.”
“With Hyper-V, we have much greater flexibility in responding immediately to business needs. The business is not waiting on IT. Our staff can now spend more time proactively helping business users, enhancing our network, and devising more effective disaster recovery responses.”
Hello again! I’m back with another Microsoft Virtualization case study. Here is another great real-world example of how much impact Microsoft virtualization can have on your business. This time, it’s Podravka, a Croatian food company competes with global giants like Kraft and Nestlé. Competing in this space means Podravka must be incredibly agile and lean. But, because every time Podravka rolled out a new product it needed additional infrastructure, its IT staff had a hard time keeping pace with business needs.
Its growing servers were gobbling up energy and cooling resources, floor space, and management time, and it was very close to filling its data center space. And the more dependent Podravka became on its servers, the more management worried what would happen if they failed.
Podravka had used VMware GSX in its test environment, but VMware ESX Server was too expensive for a large-scale production environment. Instead, it deployed Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center. The benefits are pretty impressive: IT staff respond quickly to business needs by deploying virtual machines in hours instead of weeks. It created a low-cost disaster-recovery facility, and reduced its data center footprint by 93 percent, which opens up growing room and eliminates the need for an expensive new data center.
I think these two quotes really sum up the impact of Microsoft Virtualization.
“We were able to reduce our server holdings by 76 percent and our energy costs by 78 percent. We can funnel this $2 million savings into other areas of the business, such as new product development, that will make us more competitive.”
“Our staff is 20 to 40 percent more efficient. Only six people manage our infrastructure, and we will be able to accommodate more growth without increasing our headcount.”
I wanted to highlight a couple new resources that are available for Hyper-V. The first is an amazing update to the Hyper-V Technical Information and Resources page on TechNet. There is great information for Hyper-V including:
This is definitely a site to bookmark as a Hyper-V technical reference.
Another nice resource for all the IT Pros out there is a new reference poster available for download, which covers Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components architecture. Here is the Hyper-V Architecture.
The full poster includes not only the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V architecture, but other Windows Server 2008 R2 features such as
This is a nice poster to have around to review what’s in Windows Server 2008 R2.