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Oct 17 2007   11:48AM GMT

Microsoft & VMware Virtualization Throwdown!

David Davis David Davis Profile: David Davis

Okay, I know that this is a Cisco networking blog but I thought that this topic was so very interesting, I couldn’t resist but to post it. After this, I promise, I will get back to Cisco Networking….

I recently read a post by a Microsoft employee, Dave Northey. He was making all kinds claims about how Microsoft’s Windows Server Virtualization (WSV) was better than VMware ESX Server 3i.

Not surprisingly, there was a barrage of responders defending VMware. Although I didn’t post on his blog (because I would rather post over here), I do feel that VMware needs to be defended because they have a REAL enterprise grade product that you can buy today (and have been able to buy for many years). How can Microsoft say that their product is better when it isn’t even released to production yet? And how can they say that it is better when it hasn’t been proven in the Enterprise? I mean, you could install WSV and it could be completely insecure and unstable. VMware ESX is proven and used by hundreds of thousands of customers around the world.

To get someone’s take who is “in the know” on this topic, I checked in with Alessandro Perilli on this. He runs the Virtualization.info blog and is by far the best independant expert on virtualization that I know of. He said that, so far, this appears opinionated “our beta is better than your proven product” stance on Microsoft vs VMware appers to be limited to only this one Microsoft employee.

Have you tried either Windows Server Virtualization or VMware ESX 3i? (ESX 3i was handed out at VMworld and, you can try WSV by initializing it in the Win 2008 RC0 OS)

If you do try them – I recommend running them inside VMware Workstation (my favorite for OS testing). In fact, I recently created a video on how to run VMware ESX 3i Beta inside VMware Workstation (no more dedicated hardware or server).

Sound off your opinions in the comment section below!

The next post will be back to Cisco Networking!

All the best to you,
David Davis, CCIE, VCP, CISSP

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