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VMware or Microsoft?–The Naked Server

“Heh heh… You said naked.”

Yep.  But when I say “naked servers”, I mean bare-metal servers. 

“So.. was that just a trick to get more people to read this article?”


“Okay.  Proceed…”

Inside the bare naked serverAnd by bare-metal servers, I mean.. a server that has no operating system installed.  It’s racked-and-stacked and plugged into power and network, but isn’t otherwise doing anything.  Yet.

Both Microsoft and VMware have methods of automatically turning these machines into something useful: Virtualization Hosts.  Whether it’s one server or dozens or hundreds or even thousands, businesses don’t want to have to install operating systems on these bare machines through a manual process.  And it’s not just the installation, but the important configuration of networking and storage and even adding the machines to a failover cluster of virtualization hosts.

In today’s “VMware or Microsoft?” article, my friend Matt Hester compares and contrasts VMware’s vSphere Auto Deploy with Microsoft’s System Center 2012 and Virtual Machine Manager