Compare VMware and Hyper-V, and other smart New Year's resolutions

Whether it is to compare VMware and Hyper-V features/costs or to better listen to customers, IT professionals are making good New Year's resolutions.

Job-related goals are among the most common New Year's resolutions we make, whether they're to adhere to deadlines, move up in the company or maybe leave work in the workplace next year. IT administrators are no exception to the New Year's resolution rule. Check out what some of your colleagues vow to do in 2013.

Some virtualization administrators are ready to contribute to the company's bottom line with their resolutions. John Arends (@john_arends), an IT professional at Northwestern University, tweets that his 2013 goal is to "get experience with other virtualization platforms so as to not be held hostage by VMware pricing." Many VMware admins have noticed Hyper-V's growing feature set and cost competitiveness for virtualization, making a plan to compare VMware and Hyper-V -- and convert -- a popular goal for 2013.

For other IT professionals, resolutions are about understanding their end users. After scoffing at bad Apple "Genius" ads during the 2012 Olympics, TJ Hatem, an IT consultant, realized that the tech world sometimes dismisses its uninitiated consumers. "It's easy to forget that while technology is at the center of my world, it's not that way for everyone," Hatem told SearchVMware in an interview. Most people just want to know what they can do with technology, not how it works, he added.

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"Just because I'm not particularly interested in something doesn't mean that there aren't people out there who would be," Hatem explained, and the opposite is also true. The epiphany inspired this self-proclaimed techie's New Year's resolution: Take a step back at all times and realize, while something isn't my cup of tea, it means a lot to someone else. "The less we judge other people and strive to be helpful and understanding, the more we can accomplish in the long run," he said, expressing that this will make him a better IT consultant. The Apple commercials made him realize what end-users want from IT: "A nonthreatening, easy-to-understand, articulate and hey, maybe even funny person that doesn't make the consumer feel like an idiot for having the problem in the first place."

"This year, I will write more tests. Not only will I write more tests, I will write tests before I write code," said Tristan Schneiter, a software developer for Etsy, telling SearchVMware that "tests will be my spec and my best friend." Good luck, Tristan. He expects this New Year's resolution to last approximately four days.

Do you have a New Year's resolution related to the data center? Are you among the virtualization admins vowing to compare Hyper-V and VMware (again)? Maybe starting a virtual desktop pilot program or virtualizing mission-critical applications? Is your resolution to leave the software tests and virus scans at the workplace in 2013, or to earn a higher-level certification? Share them with us by email at editor@searchvmware.com or Twitter at @SearchVMwareTT.

This was first published in December 2012

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