Microsoft has published a blog article claiming that VMware’s Cost-Per-Application Calculator admits VMware’s costs are higher. When customers do cost comparisons for themselves, they’ll have to decide what is important to their deployment. VMware’s calculator takes a conservative approach by not including the support cost for Microsoft as Microsoft Premier Support is billed by the hour and the usage varies from customer to customer. In addition, vSphere Enterprise Plus has far better functionality than Hyper-V as shown by the feature comparison table in the Cost-Per-Application calculator detailed results. The incremental cost of Microsoft Premier Support  needs to be added to Microsoft’s total cost. The claim that Dynamic Memory improvements in Hyper-V 2012 will reduce the 20% VM density advantage VMware calculator assumes is unsupported. The VMware vSphere VM density advantage derives from its use of five levels of memory management technology.  Hyper-V 2012, like previous versions, continues to employ just “memory ballooning” and that limitation handicaps its VM density. Once the incremental cost of Microsoft Premier Support is considered, Microsoft’s total costs are at parity even with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus edition.
Next, let’s take a look at the private cloud solution stack comparison suggested by Microsoft to point out the flaws in their analysis. The additional costs a customer has to incur with 3rd party solutions given the lack of various critical features in the Microsoft stack needed to be added. Following is a cost comparison for a private cloud deployment for 100 VMs using dual socket, 6-core servers with 128GB RAM. Finally, VMware vCloud Suite is designed and built for virtual and cloud infrastructures and is far more efficient, reliable and robust compared to Microsoft Windows based private cloud solution.

The Microsoft blog is yet another attempt to artificially inflate VMware’s prices and distract customers from the shortcomings of their own products. Adding Premier Support is not a necessity or required when running Hyper-V, but I do admit it is a very nice add-on.
For example, the blog shows a comparison result from the VMware calculator using servers that have 64GB RAM.
Can they risk looking only at the initial licensing costs or is it important to plan for ongoing support and maintenance as well. Once the incremental support cost is added for Microsoft, the acquisition cost with VMware is at parity or less in all scenarios.
A fair cost comparison for virtualization and private cloud platform is also outlined below. VMware’s Support and Subscription Services (SNS) entitles a customer to not only all software releases and updates but also VMware’s Technical Support.
It seems Microsoft wasn’t paying attention when VMware announced the “Extension of Cloud Management Capabilities with vCloud Suite Updates” in October 2012.
In addition, the total acquisition cost, beyond the cost of software licenses only, needs to be considered. A comparison using servers with 128GB RAM, the more common configuration, shows that the total cost with VMware is at parity with Microsoft.
VMware’s Cost-Per-Application calculator aids customers in comparing the total acquisition costs of a virtual infrastructure and not just the software cost. Monitoring of operating systems, web servers, application servers, mail servers, database, messaging middleware, network, virtualization platform and application platform is now included in VMware vCloud Suite Enterprise.

Following is an estimation of the additional cost to acquire missing functionalities from 3rd parties.
In a first step, everything is cheap or even with no cost, later pricing is changed…. Customers must either purchase “Premier Support” separately from Microsoft (at >$200 per hour) or use third party services. In addition, vCloud Suite Enterprise also includes vCloud Automation Center that automates several cloud delivery services across private and public clouds. VMware Workstation and other IT tutorials.Free Stuff – Free virtualization utilities, ESXi Free, Monitoring and free backup utilities for ESXi and Hyper-V.
With the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 few days back, there is a new poster(s) available as a free download from Microsoft’s website. A poster showing the Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V component Architecture, which can be downloaded separately, component by component in PDF format.Even if I downloaded and played a bit with the Windows 2012 R2 pre-release build in my lab, the final release has fixed many bugs and should be more stable overall.
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