Are you looking for an easy way to avoid unnecessary IT spending? Here is a cost-saving tip that may not be too obvious: Do not use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) to manage your VMware ESX environment.
SCVMM is licensed by the number of physical hosts under management — which includes both the Hyper-V and ESX hypervisors. And, by the way, if you intend to use the “PRO Tips” or any of the other features that require integration with System Center Operations Manager 2007 (SCOM), you will need to buy the System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) for $1497 per physical host.
For example, if you have 10 VMware ESX servers in your environment and you decide to integrate SCVMM, you will owe Microsoft $1470 x 10 = $14,970.
When you look closely, the cost of all that free virtualization really starts to add up.