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VMware Cost per Application Calculator Updated for vSphere

Just a quick note to everyone to let you know that along with the launch of vSphere last week, we were also able to update the VMware Cost Per Application Calculator to fully reflect vSphere pricing and packaging.  You will all now be able to model a vSphere environment and estimate the additional cost savings that vSphere can enable over Hyper-V – or to put it another way, how much more expensive Microsoft’s “free” Hyper-V offering really is.

And those vSphere cost savings apply to large enterprises and smaller environments alike.

Smaller IT Environment Using vSphere Standard

Just going through a quick calculation myself, I see that if I wanted to virtualize 50 applications using the vSphere Standard edition, I could expect a 21% savings over Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V plus Systems Center.

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And, I would actually break even with Microsoft offering – at the same consolidation ratio!

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Large Enterprise Deploying vSphere Enterprise Plus

But even our top of the line vSphere Enterprise Plus solution is less expensive than Hyper-V. When creating 1,000 virtual machines on vSphere Enterprise Plus, an organization can expect to save 8% over Microsoft’s so-called cheaper offering – and the VMware offering is a production proven Cloud OS that can aggregate all aspects of your datacenter into a seamless pool of resources, whereas Hyper-V is just a hypervisor. vSphere: It’s the best solution, but you have to be willing to pay less for it!

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And again the VMware customer would break even with Hyper-V at only an additional three VMs per ESX host – even with Enterprise Plus…

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But Wait, There’s More!

The current version of the calculator assumes that vSphere will enable the same level of application consolidation as VI3. That is not really accurate. What we’re finding in our initial testing is that when 1) factoring only software improvements and 2) running on the same hardware on which we tested VI3, vSphere can enable 30% greater density than VI3. We’ll be validating this testing with a third party and will update the model soon. What this means of course is that vSphere can enable even greater savings over Hyper-V than what is represented here. (Especially when even Microsoft is seeing a whole 6:1 VM density on its Hyper-V servers)

And, when we account for the advances in hardware and utilize servers that incorporate the new Intel Nehalem microarchitecture, it just gets even better! Again, we’ll incorporate all that into the model soon.

Also Thanks for All Your Continued Feedback

We are working on some additions to the calculator – yes we’ll get a .pdf version of the report ready, so you can email the results to your boss. We might even add a Citrix comparison to the calculator as well – the results are very similar.