I received a sales post (not a press release, but a standard customer ad) offering me $5,100 off a VMware Infrastructure Midsize Pack, a kit incorporating VirtualCenter plus three Infrastructure Enterprise licenses, 30 training credits, and sundry tasty bits like VMotion, Storage VMotion, and Resource Scheduler. So, list price of $19,595 - $5,100 = $14,495, plus requisite service contracts. The bundled training credits sweeten the pot for newbies and existing customers looking to grow their VMware investment. A deal must be signed by Xmas Eve to get the discount.
On the other side of the fence, the recently released Xenserver 5 Enterprise Edition will set you back $8,580 for three licenses, plus recurring support costs. Included this time around: High Availability as well as HA for management functions, where any Xen host can take up the management reins for the cluster. You can watch a decent flash interview of Simon Crosby, CTO, in the what's new section of the product site. Crosby manages to avoid saying VMware while comparing feature sets and his competition; Citrix's healthy Microsoft relationship does come through. Training? A quick browse shows a 2-day v5.0 class running $2,195.
Better starter pricing on VMware Infrastructure.
A more enterprise-y XenServer Enterprise Edition.
Looking at your bundled Hyper-Vness and wondering what all the fuss is about? Stay tuned to InformationWeek; we'll be running a head-to-head review of VM hosting environments this winter. XenServer is up first in the lab...Both companies exceeded expectations for the last quarter. Now... how to close '08 with a bang?