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Re: Windows plays virtualization catch up with Linux

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____/ nessuno on Wednesday 16 Sep 2009 15:38 : \____

> <Quote>
> Linux server users are reaping the benefits of virtualization more
> than those running Windows.
> Microsoft's restrictive and confusing licenses are a big reason for
> holding back Windows customerson virtualization. The company's foot-
> dragging on VMware and Xen support, plus Hyper-V's relative lateness
> and immaturity, are also contributory factors...
> Those running Linux in their data centers are using virtualization to
> consolidate servers by a rate of between five and 10 to one, while
> those running Windows are rapidly running out of electrical capacity
> and space in their data centers.
> Sixty two per cent of those running virtualization with Linux reported
> "major benefits" compared to 48 per cent of Windows customers mixing
> Windows and virtualization....
> Simplified licensing is one of the biggest reasons Linux has done so
> well on virtualization - Red Hat, Novell and others charge for support
> on a per-server basis.
> This is where the wheels fall off for Microsoft users.
> Navigating Microsoft's complicated licensing is one problem. As well
> as buying a server license for products like Windows or SQL Server,
> organizations must also calculate the number of Client Access Licenses
> (CALs) for those who'll access the software.
> And not all of Microsoft's licensing is virtualization-friendly, as
> the analyst firm Directions on Microsoft notes, Standard editions of
> products such as Exchange and SQL Server, and Windows must be assigned
> to a specific server for at least 90 days before they can be re-
> assigned to another server....
> Hyper-V, meanwhile, lags on features, functionality, and management
> capabilities compared to VMware and Xen that are being used for Linux.
> In its messaging Microsoft promotes the total-cost-of-saving benefits
> of using Windows compared to Linux. The company points to the hidden
> costs of Linux, in terms of support, features and integration compared
> to Windows.
> According to Gabriel Consulting, it might have been possible to make
> the case a few years back that providing support for Linux was
> difficult, due to a lack of skills, but this isn't the case today.
> "The ability to implement technologies such as virtualization, for
> example, tends to be easier with Linux," the report concludes. Â
> </Quote>
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/15/windows_virtualization_lags_linux/
> Yep.  Get the facts.

Even, as in this case, from a Microsoft mole (Clarke).

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