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Open Letter to VMware

Although there are many hypervisors on the Server Virtualization space , VMware ESX/ESXi has clearly emerged as the leader beating competition from Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and many others . There in no doubt that VMware is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be in the Enterprise segment but what for the SMB space ?

Everyone do not want a 24*7*365 running environments producing 99.99999% uptime year on year .  What for smaller organizations ? What for test and development environments which are not critical ?

Free hypervisors has been a boon for the SMB’s and for environments which do not need 99%  uptime. Even in bigger organizations , there are requirements for 99.99999% uptime and also there are people who want cheaper solutions and are acceptable for reasonable downtime. Competition has been strong with free editions of Citrix XenServer , Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi Hypervisors among others. Although ESXi is based on VMware ESXi, the hypervisor architecture that sets the industry standard for reliability, performance and ecosystem support , there is one thing missing to make it a compelling product – Virtual Center .Here is where Citrix Xen and Microsoft’s Hyper-V are better since one can manage multiple Hyper-V Server using Hyper-V Manager and multiple Xen Servers using Xen Center free edition .

Although the functionality offered is limited , it offers you the comfort of managing multiple hypervisors from a single console . Although free ESXi offers many benefits over its competition in terms feature set like memory management , hardened drivers, smaller disk footprint and high I/O scalability, a limited feature set ” FREE Virtual Center “ that could manage multiple free ESXi servers would be a game changer .


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  1. Sivakumar
    November 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Great work of master mind. A real good stuff.

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