We’ve just updated the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator to help customers see the true Total Cost of Ownership differences between VMware and Microsoft. We created the TCO Comparison Calculator after hearing from existing and prospective VMware customers who were being told that alternative solutions based on Hyper-V would be much less expensive, or even “free”.
When all those cost elements are combined, the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator shows that VMware solutions, ranging from a small business virtual infrastructure built with vSphere Essentials to a full-featured large enterprise private cloud based on vCloud Suite Enterprise, have the lowest TCO – often by substantial margins.
When we updated the calculator, we saw that the VMware TCO advantage increased for some important reasons. Microsoft’s adoption of core-based pricing in their upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 makes their solutions more expensive on mainstream servers that have higher core counts.
This example from the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator shows that the 3-year TCO for a 500-VM environment built with vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus will be 33% less than a comparable solution based on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. Our customers in the trenches running enterprise virtual infrastructures often tell us they know VMware offers the best and most cost effective solution, but they need help making the case for selecting VMware with purchasing managers or CFOs that have heard from other vendors claiming to be less expensive. While the operating assumption is that the OpenStack framework works best on open source components such as KVM, a just completed study by Principled Technologies and commissioned by VMware showed otherwise.
In the study, OpenStack services were used to provision and manage the test configurations. The emergence of hyper-converged architectures that can increase performance and lower costs associated with a virtualized infrastructure by having compute, network, and storage coexist closely on physical resources. VMware innovations are helping customers get enterprise-class performance when exploring the OpenStack framework as a platform for large-scale application deployment.
The use of direct-attached disks on the compute hosts brought proven benefits of shared storage in the VMware environment, such as High Availability (HA) and vMotion. Tight integration with the vSphere [hypervisor]; scaled easily by adding more hosts to a cluster or more storage to existing hosts. Every disk chosen for Virtual SAN storage belongs to a disk group with at least one solid-state drive that serves as a read and write cache.
For the following tables, please refer to the full study for the complete test methodology and equipment setup. Figure 1: The amount of YCSB (Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark) OPS achieved by the two solutions. As an enterprise customer, you have choices when it comes to implementing an OpenStack framework.
This entry was posted in Current Affairs and tagged kvm, performance, red hat, test, vSphere on June 20, 2014 by Cameron Sturdevant. Amazon recently launched a new version of their Total Cost of Ownerships (TCO) Calculator that compares VMware on-premises solutions to Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. Amazon claims their calculator provides an “apples-to-apples” comparison, but in reality, it doesn’t come close to doing so. Compares VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, our most feature-rich edition, against AWS infrastructure.
In a separate VMware TCO comparison calculation for a 100 VM environment, VMware TCO is $394K compared to AWS’s $487K over a four-year period. 5 “High MEM Extra Large” MS SQL Servers (2 vCPU, 16 GB RAM, 400 provisioned [guaranteed] IOPS per VM, utilized about 12 hrs. For the AWS deployment, it also included Business support (24×7 phone support) and the VPC service, which provides a security perimeter for the VMs.
It uses vSOM Standard for the infrastructure running on 5 ESXi hosts with 2 CPUs, 6 cores per CPU, 128 GB RAM per host and 6 NICs per host. Note that for this sample environment, the calculations assumed licenses for vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) Standard, which offer more features and functionality than that of AWS and contain the features a customer truly needs for this scale environment. Clearly the AWS TCO Calculator does not represent a fair, “apples-to-apples” portrayal of the costs of an on-premises solution. With the addition of vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), VMware now offers customers a public cloud option with faster time to value and the ability to add or reduce capacity dynamically through the use of hybrid, off-premises data centers. Edit: An earlier version of this post claimed that the VMware TCO was over a three-year time period. The release of VMware’s vSphere Data Protection 5.5 (VDP) seems to have caused a stir in the virtual backup industry.
We’ll dive in to each of these a little bit to get to the truth about vSphere Data Protection.
Some vendors claim they require no agents to do vSphere backups, even for application aware backups of Exchange, MS SQL, and SharePoint, whereas VDP Advanced does require agents for these applications. The fact of the matter is, the vast majority of VMs do not require agents because of the way our vSphere data protection APIs work. Call me crazy, but a runtime process injected on a VM via admin credentials to do indexing and other activities on behalf of another server is the very definition of an agent. And don’t forget: our VDP Advanced agents also run on physical servers so you can backup your entire Exchange, SQL, or SharePoint environment with VDP Advanced.
First things first, it really doesn’t matter which backup system you choose – your backup files are useless without the backup servers. Even if you’re using our basic version of VDP, which is included with most versions of vSphere and which does not have built-in replication, keep in mind that everything you need to protect your backups – the backup files, database, everything!
VDP Advanced includes highly efficient, secure backup data replication across any link at no additional cost.
In contrast, VDP Advanced can utilize Changed Block Tracking to restore a VM directly on full production storage. We’ve designed VDP and VDP Advanced to offer a great value to our customers, who often struggle to setup a good backup system and cannot afford the high price of some of the enterprise backup solutions.
As I said at the start, we’re very proud of the ecosystem of partners we’ve built around vSphere, even those we compete with at times. This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged competitive, vdp, vdp advanced, veeam on April 30, 2014 by Jim Armstrong. If you’ve had a chance to use the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator, you know that it factors in all the elements of a proper Total Cost of Ownership analysis to compare the true cost of building a virtual infrastructure on our vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management products to the cost of building a similar infrastructure on Microsoft’s “Cloud OS” – their name for Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. The results are eye-opening for many users who have seen the comparisons from our competitors that consider only the Windows operating system and virtualization software license costs. You can see the TCO of upgrading your vSphere infrastructure to a full-featured vCloud Suite private cloud. Better VM density – Being able to run more VMs per CPU has always been a vSphere strength due do its outstanding memory management and DRS load balancing technology.
Richer feature set – vSphere with Operations Management and vCloud Suite provide more of the management, data protection and availability, networking and disaster recovery features that customers need. Much lower operational costs – Our customers that have tried competitors’ products tell us that running a vSphere and vCloud Suite infrastructure is much easier and more efficient. A quick example from the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator shows just how much of an impact those VMware cost savings have. You can see that VMware delivers 30% lower TCO from its lower OpEx costs and features that preclude the need for third-party add-ons.


Here’s an example showing that the two-year TCO for upgrading a 1000-VM vSphere Enterprise environment to our full-featured vCloud Suite Enterprise platform comes in 36% less than if that same infrastructure were migrated to Microsoft’s “Cloud OS”. Whether you’re new to virtualization and considering a greenfield server consolidation project or a long-time vSphere user weighing your options for a private cloud upgrade, give the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator a try – you’ll see that you can get the best for less.
You can take a break from the hype cycle by checking out the rest of the blog post by Bogomil Balkansky, Sr.
This entry was posted in Current Affairs, vSphere and tagged cloud, management, vSphere on March 28, 2013 by Cameron Sturdevant. Finally, vSphere with Operations Management raises the bar by redefining what operations management needs to be in today’s dynamic infrastructure.  Cloud customers simply were not finding effective solutions from their traditional, legacy IT management frameworks, or even 3rd party tools that are built on the same premise.
The idea of introducing multiple hypervisors into your data center and managing them seamlessly from a single tool might sound appealing, but in reality, products claiming that ability today can’t deliver on that promise.  You introduced virtual infrastructure to simplify operational tasks for your IT staff, so why would you want to handicap them with a management approach that adds costs and complexity?  A study recently completed by the Edison Group and commissioned by VMware shows that is exactly what you will be doing if you introduce Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) with the hopes of using it to manage VMware vSphere hosts.
Microsoft touts SCVMM as a heterogeneous management tool with the ability to manage VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer hosts in addition to those running Hyper-V.  IT managers might find Microsoft’s claims that they can, “easily and efficiently manage… applications and services across multiple hypervisors,” enticing. For those who is looking for alternatives, especially within private cloud zone, the last update from Microsoft can be a very good news. The new computer is called the “Microsoft Cloud Platform System” and it will be a mini-version of Microsoft’s cloud, Azure, that enterprises can install in their own data centers. Some more details came from CMSWire blog earlier today – Take a Seat Google, Amazon: Microsoft’s Cloud Wins the Day.
Regular users of our business cloud will know that we offer a variety of protocol adaptors as entry points into the various back end private storage and cloud storage products that we support.
Companies can access data using any of these protocols irrespective of whether the underlying data store supports such protocols. Also any data that is accessed from a protocol adaptor is also governed using the same access controls set for any other clint access mechanism and all interactions, as always, can be fully audited and logged. We have had requests from  the medical sector and from federal government to make access available via SFTP as  in many cases this is the only mechanism they may have to access data.
The benefits of SFTP is that it is very secure and from the command line it has a great variety of windows tools and is installed by default on Linux and Mac.
Architecture for PCI DSS on AWSDeploying this Quick Start builds a multi-tier, Linux-based web application in the AWS cloud. It provides secure, durable, and extremely low-cost storage, supports data transfer over SSL, and automatically encrypts data at rest. These security templates (in the form of AWS CloudFormation templates) provide a comprehensive rule set that can be systematically enforced. You can use these templates as a starting point and customize them to match your specific use cases.Cost and LicensesYou are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. As of the date of publication, the cost for using the Quick Start with default settings in the US East (N. Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform as a service and infrastructure as a service IaaS and also includes website hosting for businesses. With online security issues reaching an all time high with new security holes in bundled linux packages like OpenSSL and Bash along with malware like CryptoWall, it’s more important than ever to to ensure that your data and your system are safe from hackers. Microsoft Azure provides one of the most robust business platforms available built with security in mind from the ground up. Penetration Testing – Microsoft employs regular penetration testing to help prevent and mitigate attacks before they happen. Intrusion Detection – Monitors your system for malicious activities and violations of your permissions policies. Isolation – Prevents unwanted communication between deployments and opens up your virtual machines to internet traffic only if you allow them to. We’re a Microsoft certified partner and our US based team has been providing businesses with technological solutions for their IT challenges since 1999. Subscribe to our Newsletter Our free regular newsletter is filled with valuable IT information. For my reference, these are the steps involved to create an AMI image backup of an Instance Store EC2 volume.
It’s easy to use – just enter the basic parameters for your virtual infrastructure or private cloud environment, such as the number of VMs, type of servers and storage, and the product edition or features you need. The calculator assumes both VMware and Microsoft hosts are licensed for Windows Server Datacenter edition, so its core-based pricing penalizes customers of both vendors, but the lower VM density of Hyper-V means more Windows Server licenses are needed for a Microsoft platform.
Users can select USD, AUD, EUR, GBP, or JPY and the calculator will apply VMware and Microsoft list prices from those geographies. If you find yourself in a similar position, use the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator to arm yourself with solid proof that VMware provides the lowest total costs. Among these innovations, the study showed that VMware Virtual SAN played an important role in providing performance advantages. In addition, VMware Virtual SAN can be managed directly through the familiar vCenter Server™ Web client console, alongside everything else in a VMware vSphere environment. Additional storage or hosts added to the capacity and performance of a VMware Virtual SAN data store without disruption. Your selections will impact the performance and overall cost of your scale out infrastructure.
Our many customers choose us as their infrastructure platform and stay with us because we provide the best value. Their calculator contains biased assumptions regarding VMware’s TCO, which inflate the costs of an on-premises cloud and underestimate the true costs of using a public cloud solution.
Cost assumptions include the purchase of entirely new data center space, racks, networking switches, spare parts, etc., which would not necessarily apply to a customer making an incremental investment in their IT infrastructure. The calculator assumes a cost of $7,851 for a server with 2, 6-core CPUs and 96GB of RAM (including support). The calculator includes the cost of VMware’s highly regarded Support and Subscription service for one year whereas no costs for AWS support are included.
At the end of the three-year time horizon, the VMware user owns their infrastructure and VMware software licenses.
There are also additional AWS fees for things such as: data transfer, IP addresses, service monitoring, CloudWatch, etc. The biggest difference between VDP and Veeam’s agent approach is that VDP’s agents are a one-time install via wizard, whereas Veeam’s agents are installed and uninstalled each and every time a backup job runs.
Further, if you’ve lost your backup infrastructure I’d say the odds are good you’ve lost other critical parts of your infrastructure as well. How do we do it and why don’t you see some special “WAN accelerator” configuration inside VDP Advanced? Strategies for restoring data quickly is a topic I’d like to explore further in a more detailed article so we can look at how we’d approach some common scenarios with VDP. This means only the blocks that have changed since the selected restore point will be restored. While we at VMware focus on building products that are “better together” we realize that no single product will fit every customers’ needs and at the end of the day it’s you – the customer – who has to navigate the maze of features and jargon and figure out the solution that’s best for you.


Including all the TCO elements shown above makes it very clear that the cost of virtualization software is just a small part of the overall TCO for a virtualized infrastructure. VSAN capital costs are significantly less than other storage options like Fibre Channel, iSCSI or NAS.
This option compares the cost of upgrading to vCloud Suite with the cost of migrating to a Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center private cloud.
Without those features, Microsoft customers must purchase, integrate and administer multiple third-party products to fill the gaps, driving up costs.
Third party studies have quantified VMware OpEx cost as much as 80-90% lower than Microsoft and recent studies with the latest product versions show a similar advantage.
This example shows the two-year TCO for an infrastructure of 1,000 VMs on vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus (our highest edition) vs. The suggestion by Microsoft is clear: don’t worry about complicating the jobs of your system administrators by introducing Hyper-V into a VMware environment because SCVMM provides a do-everything single-pane-of-glass control panel. Navigate to the Business Insider blog – Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Just Fired A Shot At HP And IBM. Microsoft turns to Dell to create a new computer server. By using this server, enterprises can easily move applications from their own private data center to Microsoft’s cloud and back again. It has been designed specifically to handle big data workloads (32 cores, 450 gigabytes of RAM and 6.5 terabytes of local solid-state drive storage).
The good news is that we are about 50% through the work required to enabled access to any Cloud Storage over SFTP (screenshot below of a user logging into the SME virtual cloud file system using SFTP).
For an idea of how important Azure is to modern technology and cloud computing, 57% of Fortune 500 companies are already using Azur to leverage the power of the cloud for their businesses.
Implementing Azure can reduce your organization’s security and compliance costs while minimizing risks at the same time.
The calculator will generate a complete TCO analysis that includes all the necessary elements of capital and operational expenses.
Also, System Center is needed to manage Hyper-V and its higher costs with core-based pricing fall entirely on the Microsoft side of the TCO comparison.
With this study, VMware has demonstrated significant performance gains and cost savings in an OpenStack environment.
The Amazon calculator tries to create a different perception by using biased and inaccurate assumptions. As a result, AWS customers often find they have to re-architect their applications in order to work around these missing capabilities.
The AWS TCO Calculator truncates the comparison at the three-year mark, yet operating VMware on your on-premises data center can lower your TCO over the long-term.  It is inaccurate of Amazon’s to assume that the value of the entire private cloud investment vanishes after three years. It compares costs associated with running conventional workloads on AWS and VMware infrastructure.
The costs of AWS instances are not the only factor to consider when choosing where to host workloads. While we’re certainly proud of the technology partner ecosystem built around VMware solutions I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on vSphere Data Protection. But, a proper application consistent backup of Exchange, MS SQL, SharePoint and other application does require an agent, even for vendors like Veeam. First and foremost I’d recommend you use a product that includes backup replication so you always have 2nd and 3rd copies of your backups, hopefully on-site and off-site.
At least not until you re-install the backup server and database and maybe some proxies and repositories so that you can actually use those files, stealing precious minutes or hours from your recovery time objective. VDP Advanced is based on EMC Avamar and uses the same enterprise-class deduplication algorithm and replication engine as Avamar. For now I want to say this about “instant” recovery: the feature looks good in the brochure, but instant recovery techniques from nearly every vendor end up with VMs that are pinned to a single host, running from your backup storage, with IO shuttled through some sort of proxy VM. As a result, restore times can be dramatically reduced – up to 6X versus traditional restore methods according to the VDP Advanced study performed by ESG Labs.
The OpEx savings from VMware’s greater administrative efficiency are built into the TCO Comparison Calculator.
Are their claims true?  Can Microsoft SCVMM really let you operate a multi-hypervisor data center without the cost penalties that come with staffing, training for, and operating across the isolated islands of management that would otherwise exist? Officially named the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), powered by Dell it is, in essence, an “Azure consistent cloud in a box” with pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft. In the case Microsoft will do hard work and promote their Cloud Platform System to CIOs of large enterprise companies, PLM can be the icing on the cake. Review some of the security features, the whitepaper and the infographic below to learn more about the security features included in the Azure platform.
If you would like to learn more about Microsoft Azure contact us and we can provide you with more information and answer whatever questions you might have. Because each OpenStack deployment and environment is different and support engagements vary widely from installation to installation, the costs of implementing the OpenStack framework were not included for either the VMware or the Red Hat platform. Designing for AWS requires developer teams to significantly redesign their applications to account for the limitations and the quality of AWS infrastructure. You might want a disaster recovery solution like our Site Recovery Manager or vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery for this situation. With VDP Advanced your backups could be replicated directly to another VDP Advanced virtual appliance so you could immediately restore from the 2nd appliance – no additional configuration or setup needed. What this means to you is VDP does all the required deduplication as soon as the backups are created, across all backups stored on the appliance. Add it all up and you’re left with a significant performance and usability hit to the recovered VMs. Navigate to my PLM vendors, large manufacturers and public cloud article for more information.
The availability of Oracle DB as part of Azure Cloud Platform can be questionable and become an issue to move PLM systems to Azure.
With VMware, you have access to cost-effective, highly automated, secure infrastructure with a level of control and quality that provides superior value to IT and business units. If you later decide to move that VM from backup storage to production, it often requires multiple steps to move and rehydrate the VMDKs and then rebuild them from the delta disks that were written while the “instant” VM ran. Results of the backup verification jobs are reported in the VDP Advanced user interface and email reports so that administrators have the utmost confidence that important VMs can definitely be restored when needed.
Without these capabilities, AWS lacks an effective noisy neighbor solution, forcing customers to seek other ways to manage their applications and performance. Plus you get the added benefit of using less storage for the primary backups so you save money on your overall backup solution!
These missing features are all part of the hidden costs customers encounter when they switch to AWS and one of the key reasons they delay or cancel AWS migration projects.



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