What’s on your shopping list for your datacenter? What do you need to run the business you’re supporting? What capabilities do you wish you had? Is your goal to provide a dynamic, scalable, cost-efficient “software driven datacenter”?
The list of what we want to provide can get long and complex. Even if we simply the process by determining to run on common, commodity hardware, the complexities just get more, um, complex, as we start considering the licensing of the software we’ll need to purchase.
In today’s article in our “VMware or Microsoft?” series, my good friend Keith Mayer describes a “cloud shopping list” an acquaintance of his has made. He lays out all of the requirements, maps those requirements to the software supporting them in both VMware and Microsoft products, and then tallies up the total purchase price for each solution based on current published retail prices.
Trust me. You’ll want to bookmark and share this one with your team and your IT Director.