Have you compared VMWare vs Hyper-V for your organization’s virtualization solution?

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ESXi 3.5
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I am thinking about this within the context of a small rural nonprofit hospital that had three new, identical servers running Server 2008 that was primarily hosting their Exchange email server. They were virtualized with ESXi 3.5 but they did not have a management solution and there was no shared storage (SAN). Money (budget) was indeed an issue and an apparent impediment to forward progress on completing a solution. In fact, there was no backup implemented at the time. At the time (approx 6 months ago) it looked like a VMWare management solution and SAN was going to be rather costly (approx $ 25 K?). I wonder if costs may have come down with all the new offerings from 3rd parties and all the competition. Would it have been worth it for them to move to Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V? Remember our goal is to have high availability without breaking the bank. And what about having a private cloud for the small (one location) rural hospital?

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Windows Server 2008, ESXi 3.5

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When to comes to buying a SAN, nothing is cheep. Now $25k for a small SAN and vCenter is a pretty good price. Our solution cost us over $500k.

With Hyper-V the platform itself is free, but if you want to cluster that’ll cost you.

When looking at a SAN solution you need to look not only at the number of gigs of storage, but how fast that storage is. If the SAN has 5 1TB disks in it, there may be a lot of space, but as soon as you start to but any load on the array the performance will tank.

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