VMware or Microsoft? Community Follow-up to Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Thanks very much for all of the passionate feedback and input on my original technical comparison article, VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance!  This article has most definitely been one of my most broadly reviewed and commented articles out of all articles that I’ve published to-date with well over…


Why R2? Step-by-Step: Automated Tiered Storage with Windows Server 2012 R2

This month, my team of fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists are publishing a series of articles on Why Windows Server 2012 R2? that highlights the key enhancements and new capabilities that we’re seeing driving particular interest in this latest release of our Windows Server operating system in the field.  This article has been updated now…


VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance

UPDATES: Based on strong feedback from the community, I’ve made the following updates to this article … Added new row for Virtualization of Serial Ports. Added new row for Web-based Management. Added new rows for Boot from Flash, Boot from SAN and VM Guest Clustering Maximum Nodes. Added new rows for VDI management, Disk Footprint…


VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

When evaluating public and hybrid cloud services, carefully inspecting a cloud-provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an important step in understanding the level of availability you can expect.  Of course, we all want our applications and VMs to be as close to 100% available as possible, and at an initial glance, the SLA’s of many…


Step-by-Step: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure – A cost-effective alternative to Desktop as a Service ( Part 2 )

UPDATE: As of January 1, 2014, the following RDS licensing changes offer an alternative to RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) noted below in this article. Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their RDS User CALs are entitled to RDS CAL Extended Rights, which allow use of their RDS…


VMware or Microsoft? Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds

No matter which virtualization platform you may be using today to power your Private Cloud, storage is probably one of your biggest costs, and perhaps one of your biggest pain points, too.  Virtualized environments are, by their very nature, dynamic environments where storage requirements from one VM to the next can grow and evolve over…


VMware or Microsoft? Shopping for Private Clouds

At a recent community event, I met “Scott”, a savvy IT Pro who was in the process of planning the architecture for a new datacenter location at his company.  Scott is an experienced datacenter engineer who manages several other virtualized datacenters.  Although he is currently running VMware for the hypervisor platform in his existing datacenters,…


VMware or Microsoft? Automated Server Workload Balancing for Heterogeneous Private Clouds

VMware vSphere 5.x includes automated server workload balancing in the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise+ premium suites via two feature sets: Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  DRS and DPM together are intended to provide an automated method for balancing compute capacity and reducing energy consumption in a highly virtualized datacenter.  It does…


Step-by-Step: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure – A cost-effective alternative to Desktop as a Service ( Part 1 )

UPDATE: As of January 1, 2014, the following RDS licensing changes offer an alternative to RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) noted below in this article. Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their RDS User CALs are entitled to RDS CAL Extended Rights, which allow use of their RDS…

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