Hyper-visor Wars

Selecting a Hyper-visor

As a Technical Architect for IBM ITS Delivery (Integrated Technology Services), we are Vendor Agnostic. So it is important to have a deep understanding and to separate the marketing guff and to truly evulate the hyper-visor options and find the best match for our clients.

At the moment there is no clear winner, it is up to each client to select the best fit.

I am researching and comparing the following Commercial Hyper-visors and will continue to update the attached comparison document.  Click here to download – Hypervisor Wars DRAFT (The layout of the document shows marketing information from each vendor and comparing the negative comments about the competitor.)

  • Citrix XenServer
  • VMware ESXi
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Oracle Apps/DB
  • NetLeverage – ThinPoint
  • SystemZ zBX (Linux-KVM)
  • PowerVM
  • Linux-KVM

It’s tempting in the IT industry to look at technology as a zero sum game where one solution wins and another loses. The truth is that all of these Hypervisors are going to co-exist for years to come. The market is big enough to support multiple solutions, and there’s enough backing behind both technologies to ensure that they do well for years to come.

Reference Documents

VMware Guff about Citrix: – http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vmware-vsphere-features-comparison-ch-en.pdf

Citrix Guff about VMware: – http://www.citrix.com/site/resources/dynamic/salesdocs/Citrix_XenServer_Vs_VMware.pdf

Independent Hypervisor Comparison :- http://www.virtualizationmatrix.com/matrix.php

Reference Links :

http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2008/09/15/XenServer+5+is+here

http://virtualizationreview.com/blogs/mental-ward/2009/03/pure-performance-xenserver-roars-off-the-line.aspx

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