Help choosing a virtualization solution
September 21, 2012 8:54 AM Subscribe
Choosing between virtualization solutions for server migration (VMware & Microsoft Hyper-V) when we know nothing about either product?
posted by MeProxy to computers & internet (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The trick is nobody on staff knows squat about production virtualization products. Many of us have worked with Remote PC, VMware on an individual basis, Parallels, but nothing on this scale. So what we're all wondering is: How the heck do we compare two different products, most likely with a fair difference in price, that we have little true knowledge of? We don't even know what to look for or what questions to ask. Are there specific Virtualization questions we need to ask to make sure we're not going to look back 2 years from now and realize "Crap, we went with the wrong solution for our needs!!!" Anyone worked with both and know first-hand what to be looking for?
A little background:
We're in the process of working with 2 vendors on upgrading our servers- about 10 spanning across 2 physical locations (DNS, DHCP, AV, Constituent database, file share, Financial DB, etc). They're all 10+ years old and run server 2k3 or 2000. To say they're on their last leg is kind. We also have about 10 remote PCs set up because the database software doesn't run on their OS's, so they remote in to run the database (maybe not the best solution logistically, but works well enough).
We're finally getting funding to upgrade our aging infrastructure, and the 2 vendors are all about virtualizing our servers and remote stations onto a virtualized solution with one of two products - 1 is all about VMWare and 2 is Microsoft Hyper-V with the promise that Microsoft will offer substantial discounts to our type of nonprofit (cost is a factor!), all connected to a SAN.
Things I'm primarily concerned about:
1) Ease of backup & redundancy (I realize the 2, while they can work in conjunction with each other, are not the same). I'm concerned with "putting all our eggs in one basket." Both companies have said there's be 2 servers that replicate to each-other, basically as a fail-over. Almost like a raid-1. Is this really effective? Any pitfalls with either company?
2) Ease to deploy new virtualized servers or workstations when needed. I'm very much a jack of all trades and don't want to spend 2 hours reminding myself how to do ir correctly every time.
3) It. Just. Works. Everyone here has a lot of other duties, and none of us plan on (or have the time to) become Virtualized Experts. We don't want a product that has weird quirks and maybe kinda works half the time.
Things the higher-ups are concerned about? Cost.
I realize a lot of these questions are ones I should pose to the vendors- however, we've dealt with both in the past and no matter the solution in prior cases, their answer is "OF COURSE IT WORKS!!!" even if it turns out it always doesn't.