Microsoft has released an online virtualization comparison tool, targeted directly against VMware. The website hosting the Microsoft Server Virtualization Tool compares the software acquisition and support costs between Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and vSphere 5 based on published list prices.
Even though the website comparing Hyper-V to vSphere 5 can be considered dubious because it’s created by Microsoft self, it contains some good information and references to documentation which can help organizations make the comparison for themselves. On the other hand VMware already has a website, where it directly targets Microsoft, called Get the Facts, not the Microsoft Hyper-Bole.
The tool allows you to specify the amount of Virtual Machines in your environment, and the average consolidation ration in your environment: Low (3VMs/Proc), Medium (6 VMs/Proc) and high (12 VMs/Proc). Based on this input a cost comparison is made and presented to the user.
The reports which can also be downloaded contains the following sections:
- Executive Summary
- Cost Comparison
- VMware Memory Tax
- Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Advantages
- Next Steps
- Detailed Cost Breakdown
- vSphere 5 Memory Tax
- Get the Facts