Posted by: kurtsh | May 3, 2012

NEWS: “VMware to Hyper-V converts share lessons learned”

imageNot unlike Novell users who moved from a Directory-centric solution to an solution like Windows Server that focused on Applications & Services, many VMware users are already planning on moving from a Virtualization & Hypervisor-centric solution to a solution like System Center that focuses on management of the most important aspects of a Datacenter.

Virtualization is just a dimension of the Datacenter:  Providing a single management infrastructure for both Physical & Virtual, both Private & Public cloud, both OS & Applications… that’s the future of core infrastructure.

VMware to Hyper-V converts share lessons learned

Beth Pariseau, Senior News Writer Published: 2 May 2012

Some IT pros will move from VMware to Hyper-V when new virtualization management tools in Microsoft’s System Center 2012 and a new version of Hyper-V hit later this year.

Though switching hypervisors can be a challenge, some say that the cost savings make it a worthwhile move.

One VMware shop based in Chicago will move the last VMware holdouts in its virtualization environment to Hyper-V when Windows Server 2012 becomes available. The Walsh Group, a contractor and construction management company, will save $150,000 per year in slashed VMware Inc. licensing and staffing costs by switching to Microsoft Hyper-V, estimated Patrick Wirtz, manager of technology innovation.

The company, which spreads its IT services between a main data center in Chicago and 100 to 150 remote job sites, will also add automation to its environment with System Center 2012.

Meanwhile, about 20% of the environment — including a mission-critical ERP application in the data center and some of the servers at remote job sites — remain on VMware, at least for now. The company will move the ERP app to Hyper-V as part of an application upgrade, Wirtz said, but only when Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V supports more virtual CPUs (vCPUs) per virtual machine (VM).

In the developer preview released last fall, Microsoft said each guest can support up to 32 vCPUs and 512 GB of memory, up from a limit of 4 vCPUs and 8 GB of RAM.

“Being able to allocate those extra CPU cores to mission-critical apps, like our financial system, is really key for us,” Wirtz said.

Another new Hyper-V feature, shared-nothing live migration, will help the company migrate off VMware at remote job sites where there is only one server, Wirtz added.

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