Getting More For Less From VMware<br />How the indigent can still benefit from virtualization<br />Jason Whitaker<br />Tra...
vSphere 4 Enterprise, 1 processor, up to 256GB memory, 1 year production support = $3,600 vanilla online purchase price<br...
ESXi is the bare bones virtualization offering<br />It’s FREE!<br />No HA, VMotion, templates…<br />…but it does do snapsh...
There are not-so-pricey VM software offerings out there, so you can get more functionality out of ESXi<br />Check out www....
VMware Essentials and Essentials Plus packages can add some of the high end features<br />Essentials gives you three licen...
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Getting More For Less From VMware: How the indigent can still benefit from virtualization - Jason Whitaker, Transylvania University

  1. 1. Getting More For Less From VMware<br />How the indigent can still benefit from virtualization<br />Jason Whitaker<br />Transylvania University<br />
  2. 2. vSphere 4 Enterprise, 1 processor, up to 256GB memory, 1 year production support = $3,600 vanilla online purchase price<br />Your important production environments may need HA, VMotion, etc, but not everything is “important”…<br />Test environments, tools, other “low impact” virtual machines may not need all of the bells and whistles<br />VMware is great, but it costs money!<br />
  3. 3. ESXi is the bare bones virtualization offering<br />It’s FREE!<br />No HA, VMotion, templates…<br />…but it does do snapshots, memory over-commitment, NIC teaming, HBA multipathing, and has a vCLI… all of the nice features of VMware<br />You can deploy an appliance to ESXi, so it makes a great testing ground, or you can make appliances of your own VMs with Converter<br />Enter VMware ESXi<br />
  4. 4. There are not-so-pricey VM software offerings out there, so you can get more functionality out of ESXi<br />Check out www.trilead.com and look at their “VMX” VM Explorer product – allows you to make snapshot backups of your ESXi VMs<br />Check out www.veeam.com and look at their FastSCP product – lets you copy files to and from ESXidatastores<br />More for ESXi<br />
  5. 5. VMware Essentials and Essentials Plus packages can add some of the high end features<br />Essentials gives you three licenses of ESXi or ESX with vCenter agent, vStorage API/VCB, vCenter server for Essentials for $995 – so you can manage ESXi deployments in one vCenter, and use backup products that require vStorage API such as vRanger<br />Essentials Plus adds HA and Data Recovery, but the price jumps up<br />Need more? No problem!<br />
  6. 6. Getting More For Less From VMware<br />How the indigent can still benefit from virtualization<br />Jason Whitaker<br />Transylvania University<br />

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