I’ve been with Yakidoo for a little over a week, and it is great to be back in charge of a datacentre… albeit a smaller one. One thing that I think surprised me though was, after all my time as a Microsoft Virtual Evangelist, I was so happy to be back in a VMware environment.
Don’t get me wrong, I still like Hyper-V. None of what I said over the course of the last four years is inaccurate – Microsoft’s virtualization and private cloud solutions are top notch. However so are VMware’s. My argument against vSphere was never the functionality, it was the cost. As Yakidoo is a VMware Partner, that is not a factor here… and I am having a lot of fun implementing (and playing with) so many of the features that I have lectured about, but have not used in production because they are new features since I last ran a VMware environment (probably vSphere 4.0).
I will say though that everything I have said about virtual networking holds true… Microsoft’s stack is a lot easier, especially for smaller and less complicated environments. The vSphere networking infrastructure is very robust… but I still don’t think most smaller companies will ever need them.
In the meantime, my hosts are in place, and I am virtualizing to my heart’s content!