[lug] xen versus vmware

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Mon Dec 3 19:46:01 MST 2007

On Dec 3, 2007, at 5:21 PM, Hugh Brown wrote:

> I don't have the decoder ring, but I've seen one on TV ;)
> I thought VMware was basically three offerings with some supporting  
> software: Workstation, GSX/Server, ESX/Virtual Infrastructure.   
> There is a tool for doing physical to virtual migrations (P2V)  
> called Converter (mileage varies from what I've heard).
> I think Workstation and Server are fairly similar except that  
> Workstation has support for lots of snapshots.  Server is free and  
> is nice for trying out different linux distributions, doing tests of  
> custom linux loads, having a windows VM for doing support for family/ 
> friends when you don't actually have any use for it otherwise, ...
> The Virtual Infrastructure (formerly ESX) is the expensive stuff.   
> If you buy the vmotion add on, you can shuttle vm's from one Virtual  
> Infrastructure to another (all of the VMs live on a SAN).

Thanks Hugh, that's a lot more clear than VMWare's website.

Nate Duehr
nate at natetech.com

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