Recently I got some questions about this one. Who is better? Or who is cheaper?
I was worked in VMware and Microsoft, both covered virtualization products. Now, I’m working in one of Cloud Datacenter with many platform like Sun Solaris (Oracle), IBM AS400, IBM iSeries, IBM pSeries, Microsoft Hyper-V (the first Partner Hosted Productivity Cloud – PHPC in Asia), and VMware technologies (vSphere, vCloud and vCAC).
Based on that, don’t think too much about the platform. The most important is the SLA. All platforms is good as long as we manage the SLA. And use the most suitable platform for your applications. If you want to use Microsoft, then Windows Hyper-V 2012R2 is the right one. Don’t use any version below Windows 2012R2.
Anyway, back to the questions. Let’s make a simple requirement. This is roughly calculation.
They need to virtual all their infrastructure. 100 Physical Server with each servers have the specification: 2CPU, 8GB RAM, 100GB Disk. All Microsoft licenses are OEM.
CPU based (Option 1):
RAM based (Option 2):
Because the application is highly memory consumption then we choice Option 2 (based on assumption and roughly calculation). I recommended to use the sizing calculator such as VMware Capacity Planning.
*Web Price (Y2014), excluded support and CALs for MSFT products
*Pricelist (Y2014), excluded SnS and CALs for MSFT products
In the end, all is your choices. Enjoy.