There is a published article titled “VMware (finally) admits that its costs are higher than Microsoft’s” on Microsoft Server and Cloud blog. If you are VMware fan you probably will not believe any word in it but if you are impartial you can make up your own conclusions.
There is an interesting article published on Server & Cloud blog at Microsoft titled Survey data in NetworkWorld says: Watch out VMware, because Microsoft is coming. The whole article is full of statistics about a survey taken at VMworld 2012 and the result are quite interesting.
A couple of hours after beta of SP1 for System Center 2012 was released some additional related downloads were released:
- Help Documentation for Using Windows Azure Online Backup with System Center 2012 SP1 – Data Protection Manager – This Document will describe how to deploy and use System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager (DPM) to store backup data in the cloud using the Windows Azure Online Backup service
- System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager 2.0 Beta – Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Package Conversion Manager v2.0 (PCM) is a feature pack download that lets you to convert Configuration Manager 2007 packages into System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 applications.
- Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Configuration Manager – Clients for Additional Operating Systems – Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta supports the management of Linux and UNIX servers. The clients for Linux and UNIX extends the scope of your Configuration Manager environment to collect inventory, deploy software, and run reports about Linux and UNIX servers in your enterprise. The client operates as a workgroup client that is managed by Configuration Manager.
- System Center 2012 Orchestrator Integration Pack for VMware vSphere Beta – The Integration Pack for VMware vSphere is an add-on for System Center 2012 Orchestrator that enables you to connect System Center Orchestrator to your VMware vSphere server to automate actions in VMware vSphere to enable full management of the virtualized computing infrastructure.
- System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Integration Pack for VMware vSphere – The Integration Pack for VMware vSphere is an add-on for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta- Orchestrator that enables you to connect System Center Orchestrator to your VMware vSphere server to automate actions in VMware vSphere to enable full management of the virtualized computing infrastructure.
- System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Integration Pack for HP Service Manager Beta – The Integration Pack for HP Service Manager is an add-on for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta- Orchestrator that enables you to retrieve, create, update and monitor tickets in HP Service Manager.
- System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager Beta – The Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager is an add-on for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta- Orchestrator that enables you to automate the consolidation and correlation of fault and performance events across you entire physical and virtual IT infrastructure.
Solutions Accelerator team released the final version of MVMC that will allow you to convert VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines. Documentation is also provided with the tool. More about the tool and download location are located here.
It seems the top 3 news from VMworld 2012 are:
- vTax is removed
- vTax is removed
- vTax is removed
For me this decision comes a little bit too late but better late than never. As soon as I saw this news I cannot get out of my mind that somehow Microsoft contributed a lot for this to happen. For a long time VMware denied that Microsoft and Hyper-V are competitor and this wasn’t the best strategy. And now with this decision we know officially that VMware are looking at Microsoft as their primary competitor. Of course statements like this VMware: Microsoft’s “Good Enough” Approach Isn’t Good Enough will continue to emerge simply because this is a marketing game also. But lets take that statement and pretend it is true – VMware products are far far superior than Microsoft’s ones. In such case VMware is beating Microsoft at technology level but they still loose at price level even without vTax and what business looks when it buys a solutions is the Return of Investments and in most business scenarios Microsoft is the winner against VMware for a various reasons.
I personally like most of VMware’s products and they are very good products but some of them come at a high price which can be a show stopper. It is good that they finally realized that nobody likes vTax and I am giving them thumbs up for that. As they now recognize Microsoft as competitor this could bring a lot of benefits to the users for both product because better than competition is the good competition.
Lets the battle begin.