The PacLib Group has baulked at a $50,000 quote from VMware to virtualise its environment, deciding instead to take on Microsoft’s Hyper-V. The privately-owned industrial and commercial developer engaged Thomas Duryea Consulting to perform an analysis of the suitability of its environment for virtualisation using VMware technology.
The analysis involved monitoring PacLib’s servers for a month, according to IT manager David Furey. “They came back with a proposal of about $25,000 in installation costs and another $25,000 in software costs,” Furey told iTnews.
“You’ve got to question whether it’s worth paying $50,000 for that. I know the VMware camp go on about features like VMotion, but for $50,000 I could pay someone to move my virtual machines for me.” Furey decided instead to look at Microsoft’s Hyper-V, then in beta.