Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ESXi or Hyper-V Server 2008

Ran across an article over at VirtualizationAdmin.com regarding Microsoft's answer to ESXi - Hyper-V Server 2008. VMWare made ESXi, the "core" of their flagship offering, available some months ago for no cost. ESXi has no service console and is strictly managed via remote management tools and also won't perform some of its bigger brother's fancy tricks, but non-the-less is the same foundation of the more pricier offerings.

Now I haven't delved into MS Server 2008 really at all, or Hyper-V for that matter - but this is a great move by MS to step upto the plate for low overhead hypervisors. The article presents a good overview of Hyper-V Server 2008 and how it compares to ESXi.

Regardless of your pick / preference, this is great for all virtualization users. Competition breeds innovation = win for consumers. For small shops, there is now one more excellent "free" virtualization option available.

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3 comments:

Matt said...

Great link. Very interesting that you can manage Hyper-V Server with Windows 2008 server. That is a really appealing idea, since ESXi requires a virtual infrastructure license for graphical VM management.

Very interesting. Thanks!

JeffHengesbach said...

Matt - That is one of the great things this competition might bring about is better/less costly, centralized management options for these 'free' lightweight hypervisors, and who knows what else...

mikedatl said...

@Matt Actually you get GUI management with the built-in Virtual Center client for ESXi. Just point it directly at the ESXi host and you're off and running. This is very similar to Hyper-V where you get the Hyper-V MMC snap-in that you point directly to a host for GUI management. Both solutions are single box management and both are free.

If you want central management for either solution then you must either buy Virtual Center on the VMware side or SCVMM on the Microsoft side. Both cost and are about the same price per host.

NOTE: I work for VMware but the facts are still the facts.