Move From VMware to Hyper-V And Get Free Windows Server Datacenter Lic, Microsoft

Customers who switch workloads from VMware to Hyper-V can get free Windows Server Datacenter licenses.

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Microsoft under the helm of its new CEO Satya Nadella is more focused on promoting the best solutions that also happen to work with current Microsoft platforms. In this regard, the company taking another step with a new migration offer to VMWare customers for moving over to Windows Server 2016.

With the launch of Windows Server 2016, customers have more reasons than ever to switch from VMware to Microsoft—that include "a free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when you buy Windows Server Datacenter + Software Assurance."

"We want to make it an easy decision for VMware customers to switch to Hyper-V, so today we are announcing a new VMware migration offer," the company posted.

Specifically, the Redmond stated, "From September 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, customers who switch workloads from VMware to Hyper-V can get free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when buying Windows Server Datacenter + Software Assurance."

That ultimately means customers only pay for Software Assurance, which provides multiple benefits.

To make their point and for the comparison to be clear and up-to-date, the Windows Server team has launched an "Microsoft vs VMware TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)" comparison tool.

"We are launching our tool following the new licensing model for Windows Server and System Center 2016, which is based on per-core licensing," the team stated.

So what does the tool do? The tool calculate the software requirements from Microsoft with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, System Center 2016 Datacenter, and Operations Management Suite and VMware with vCloud Suite, vSAN, NSX, and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery.

By the way, VMware recently launched a new TCO comparison tool.

"Their main assumption is based on a density comparison from a woefully out-of-date document that compares vSphere 5 to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 which is three releases and six years ago. Furthermore, this document does not reflect rich new capabilities, many of which VMware still hasn't caught up to in ESX 6.0," added the Server team.

More reasons to switch to Windows Server 2016 than ever before, the Redmond touts that for the sixth year in a row, they're positioned as a leader for Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant analysis.

In addition, the team also announced that at the Ignite conference in September, they'll launch "Windows Server 2016" and "System Center 2016".

This release will bring the following new security capabilities such as: "Shielded Virtual Machines, Just Enough and Just in Time Administration."

Additionally, the release will also see many other security features as well as new software-defined datacenter capabilities for compute, storage, and networking, such as "Rolling OS Cluster Upgrades, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica, the SDN Load Balancer, Network Controller, Distributed Firewall, and the Azure Data Plane for starters."

In the picture below, Microsoft shows the output for a hypothetical environment with 100 virtualization hosts with 2 procs and 8 cores per proc.

In this scenario, "we're assuming a VMware environment is in place and the customer will have to migrate the VMs (10 per host) as well as renew the Windows Server licenses," the company notes.

To make it simple, "we're also not including public cloud disaster recovery, which can be added later for comparison."

For anyone interested considering a switch, may visit the blog for getting started steps, or check out the check out the new VMware Shift website for more detailed information as well as technical comparisons here.

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