For $50,000, I could pay someone to move my virtual machines for me

The title of this post will make sense in a moment. It’s a quote from a customer in Australia … and pretty funny one, too. But before that, a few items crossed my inbox that I thought I’d share:

  • Software vendor AspenTech has a process engineering/manufacturing application called aspenONE. Today they announced that their customer BASF deployed aspenONE using Microsoft App-V. I found this interesting for a few reasons. One, I’ve participated in conversations about whether enterprise customers would deploy 3rd-party apps running on App-V/SoftGrid without some sort of application certification program/logo for App-V. Second, BASF runs large, complex chemical process simulations – and now they’re doing so as a network service. I know these sorts of computer-aided engineering apps often times get computed on HPC clusters; but never did I think they’d then get streamed at sufficient speed to the desktop using application virtualization. I’ll be interested to see/read about more ISVs packaging their apps this way for enterprise customer deployments.
  • Along the lines of App-V, J.C. over at the App-V blog noted some new downloads:
    • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 security configuration wizard. Download here.
    • Microsoft Application Virtualization best practices anayzer. Download here.
  • J.C. wrote last week that App-V 4.5 for Terminal Services license will be available Nov. 1. Read more here.
  • Adam over at TechNet Edge just posted a video interview with the authors of “Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed.” I mentioned Rand’s and Jeff’s book a couple weeks ago. I had the opportunity to meet Rand/Jeff last week while they were up here in Redmond. Rand spoke to a bunch of us about Convergent’s business, and set us straight that applications (Exchange, Sharepoint) and solutions such as disaster recovery and compliance are driving his customers’ infrastructure purchases (e.g., Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center) … not the other way around. Here’s a link to Jeff’s blog.

Finally, the headline to this Australian article caught my eye over the weekend: “PacLib performs VMware analysis but chooses Microsoft.” The money quote, which I already alluded to, comes from IT manager David Furey when discussing VMware’s proposal:

“They came back with a proposal of about $25,000 in installation costs and another $25,000 in software costs,” Furey told iTnews. “You’ve got to question whether it’s worth paying $50,000 for that. I know the VMware camp go on about features like VMotion, but for $50,000 I could pay someone to move my virtual machines for me.”

Hmm, sounds eerily similar to something I read at VMworld 2008. 😉

In a couple weeks I’ll be attending Gartner’s Data Centre conference in Amsterdam and plan to blog about some of the sessions. Let me know if you’ll be there so we can compare notes and share an adult beverage.