This week Network World is hosting an online debate, posing the question Who has the better virtualization platform – VMware or Microsoft? There is also an opportunity for readers to vote for their choice, and the results as of today are not surprising — VMware winning by a landslide.
No matter how you slice it, VMware vSphere is simply the best virtualization platform available. Let’s take a look at a few points to back up this claim.
VMware vSphere 4.1 launched last month and has been very favorably reviewed by mainstream technical media:
- InfoWorld: VMware vSphere 4.1 keeps the virtualization crown
- eWeek: VMware vSphere 4.1 Features Large Capacity Cluster, VM Density
Gartner Magic Quadrant
Recently, Gartner, Inc. published the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure and placed VMware in the Leaders Quadrant. Please see the full report for details.
In-Depth Virtualization Platform Comparisons
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to clearly articulate your requirements for the advanced capabilities of VMware vSphere, have no fear — VMware provides very helpful material to guide users through concise platform comparisons. From a Windows admin considering Hyper-V to upper management helpfully suggesting the “free” XenServer hypervisor, you should have no trouble explaining why the exclusive features found in vSphere are the only choice for building your private cloud.
All of this great material has been updated for vSphere 4.1:
- vSphere 4.1 Features and Benefits Comparison – Excellent matrix covering vSphere, Hyper-V, XenServer, and RHEV
- vSphere 4.1 Competitive Reviewer’s Guide – Comprehensive coverage of capabilities
- The VMware Advantages website – Perfect overview of the key advantages; links are easy to email around
- Why Choose VMware Whitepaper – Based on the material from the above website; easy to read and share
Another great technical resource to bookmark is the vSphere 4.1 link collection from Eric Siebert, purveyor of quality VMware information.
The Best is the Best
There is only one best and only one virtualization platform that offers all of the advanced capabilities of VMware vSphere.