One of the tasks I’ve got on my to do list with a client is a P2V, physical to virtual, migration. The business has grown quickly and there are a number of key operational systems that are running on their own hardware.
We’ve got a couple of servers — proper ones with RAID controllers and plenty of memory — so we’re not likely to be hardware constrained.
The challenge is that we aren’t in a position where we can set lots of systems up on different platforms and run our own bakeoff.
Looking at the online reviews and talking to experts suggests that VMware is the most solid platform with stronger performance and more features but that Hyper-V is catching up and far less expensive.
Has anyone out there recently done a P2V project? How did you choose you preferred hypervisor? Some of the apps I’ll be migrating will be sending substantial volumes of data in real time. Assuming my comms are up to the job, does that influence the decision?
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