Cue Michael Buffer: Ladies and Gentleman, today in the ZDNet arena we host two of the biggest rivals in the history of the Virtualization Heavy-Weight Championship! (Crowd Cheers) In the left corner we have Ken Hess, expert and advocate of the clear virtualization front-runner, VMware. AND in the right corner, representing the underdogs, Hyper-V Hotshot Jason Perlow! So grab your arm candy and your hot dogs and..Let’s Get Reeeaadddy to Rummmmble!
If for some reason you are unaware of ZDNet’s Great Debate series hosted weekly on the biggest technology topics, PAY ATTENTION because they are great! Two tech experts armed with their biggest and most powerful “guns” take their corners, and all present are encouraged to boo and cheer!
Previous debates have included:
- Cloud Storage and back-up: Is it safe?
- Social Enterprise: Real or Fiction?
- Cloud Computing: SMB’s only IT department?
- Is Windows 8 headed in the right direction?
Last Monday, the infamous VMware vs. Microsoft virtualization battle raged on in the ZDNet arena, where the jabs and uppercuts continued for many rounds. However, for the Spoiler Alert: Neither side saw the twinkling stars of a knockout for Jason Hiner (debate moderator), by a “razor-thin victory”, ruled VMware the victor. However, the audience disagreed and favored Hyper-V at 54% to 46%!
In the opening statements, Ken Hess started out of his corner swinging, assuring that Microsoft is no real threat to VMware.
“Even if you take VMware out of the picture, Microsoft is still a minority player in the x86 virtualization space. Red Hat’s KVM and Citrix’s XenServer are two compelling and capable alternatives. Hyper-V has little chance of market penetration in light of its well-established competition.”
Jason Perlow, Hyper-V advocate, focused on why Microsoft should be considered a true competitor. “For the first time in four years, Windows Server and Hyper-V are not only at parity in terms of basic enterprise virtualization functionality with VMware vSphere, but in a number of respects actually exceeds it in terms of features offered.” He continued, “the obvious manageability, scalability, ease of deployment and significantly reduced total cost of ownership advantage of Windows 8 Server and Hyper-V will finally force VMware into a corner.”
There was no point delaying the inevitable as moderator (Jason Hiner) got straight to the point early-on with his next question. “Why hasn’t Hyper-V already crushed Vmware?”
Perlow admits, “The product was missing a number of key virtual infrastructure management and high availability features that were necessary to seal the deal for large enterprises,” he continues to explain that “early versions of Hyper-V were not well-suited to hosting Linux-based solutions.”
Hess is confident in the power of his punch and the first few sentences of his rebuttal, say it all. “VMware has the experience and the customers. It’s a proven technology.”
When asked the functionality differences between Hyper-V and VMware, Hess for the most part dismisses the question. “It’s very difficult to compare a list of features…. Hyper-V 3 isn’t available until next year and vSphere 5 will go through at least one major feature update between now and then.” But he makes sure to place a powerful uppercut right to Microsoft’s credibility as he finishes his response, “I’ve seen some awesome features proposed and included in Microsoft’s beta systems over the years only to be disappointed at release time.”
Perlow simply lists what Windows Server 8 Beta brings to the market, which includes Hyper-V Network Virtualization, Share Nothing Live Migration, Hyper-V Extensible Switch, Encrypted Cluster Volumes, GPU-enhanced hardware-accelerated VDI and Virtual Infrastructure Scale.
Microsoft continuously claims to be less expensive and when asked, “How much is cost really an issue when we talk about virtualization?” Perlow took a few quick jabs at his component stating, “Enterprises are starting to realize that with VMware’s new consumption-based pricing model, the more they scale their environment and the more they increase server density, the more they pay. This is radically different from Microsoft’s processor-based cost model, which provides customers with unlimited replication capabilities.”
Hess simply replies, “you get what you pay for” and VMware gives you “rock solid stability and true enterprise-level features.”
When the opponents get to “The Migration Issue”, Hess truthfully admits that he has never attempted it. But he secretly prepares for his right hook to the eye and fires away with this blow, “What you really need to know is how difficult will it be to change back to VMware from Hyper-V, once you realize your mistake.”
Round 10….2 minutes left. Both opponents dying for the sweet taste of victory..
Hess quotes the Movie, 300
Daxos: I see I was wrong to expect Sparta’s commitment to at least match our own.
King Leonidas: Doesn’t it? [points to Arcadian soldier behind Daxos]
King Leonidas: You there, what is your profession?
Free Greek-Potter: I am a Potter, sir.
King Leonidas: [points to another soldier] And you, Arcadian, what is your profession?
Free Greek-Sculptor: Sculptor, sir.
King Leonidas: Sculptor. [turns to a third soldier]
King Leonidas: You?
Free Greek-Blacksmith: Blacksmith.
King Leonidas: [turns back shouting] Spartans! What is your profession?
Spartans: WAR! WAR! WAR!
King Leonidas: [turning to Daxos] You see, old friend? I brought more soldiers than you did.
“VMware has more soldiers than Microsoft does. Virtualization is VMware’s only profession.”
And is Microsoft ready for Battle? Hess voices, “without any doubt a resounding yes.”
“With Hyper-V in Windows Server 8, Microsoft will offer you a best in class hypervisor along with great deal more built-in features for a heck of a lot less money, which has become scarce in today’s shrinking IT budgets. These financial constraints have been pressuring CIOs to do a lot more with a lot less, and it’s a trend that is not going to change anytime soon.”
I share this series with my readers because, “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” – From the great Joseph Joubert
Citrix vs. Microsoft – Desktop Virtualization Debate – next week March 20, 2012 2:00 pm-3:15 EST. I will save you a seat!