"VMware customers looking for alternatives? response

From Virtualization.info:

http://www.virtualization.info/2006/06/vmware-customers-looking-for.html

Last week we participated in TechEd 2006. We had a double booth in the Expo area – probably you saw us if you attended. We talked (and listened) to A LOT of people, and here is the summary of our observations:

· A lot more people are using virtualization compared to TechEd 2005. 80% are using virtualization and 100% are evaluating it for deployments – compared to 50% and 60-70% respectively at TechEd 2005.

· VMware users were much more interested to alternative approaches. Last year VMware users may or may not have had the time to talk to us… this year they did

Being one of those current ESX guys at TechEd, I can attest why I talked to the other guys: prudence — checking to make sure what the other companies are doing, and making sure past decision were and still are the correct one. As the guy who went with me to TechEd can attest, my conversations with Virtual Server program manager led to them being defensive at best and snippy at worst. “At least I don’t have to pay to be virtualized” when I talked about having to take down my system to patch it for patch Tuesday. I thought about bringing up running Virtual Server on a Linux platform if I was willing to accept the lesser performance.

Additionally, the program manager was convinced they already had the capability that VI3 just released of DRS. What they failed to mention was it required Microsoft Operations Manager ($$) and agents on each VM ($) to implement the functionality. In other words, you still are paying for the functionality.

One more word, making statements that VMware is catching up to you doesn’t make customers trust you anymore when the real Microsoft Hypervisor technology will not be released until probably 2008. (180 days after after 2007 Q3 or Q4 (at best) Longhorn release)

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