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Some Microsoft shops can't abandon VMware; choosing ESXi over ESX

This week's VMware news roundup includes news on Microsoft shops that are hesitant to abandon VMware technologies, and a case study about choosing ESXi over ESX.

This edition of VMware at a glance features news on Microsoft shops that are hesitant to abandon VMware technologies completely. Even though Microsoft's virtualization platform has matured, there is still a place for VMware in Windows environments. Additionally, we have a case study about a company's decision to run ESXi instead of ESX

VMware retains toehold in some Microsoft shops
Microsoft Hyper-V R2 has closed the gap with VMware's hypervisors, but several Microsoft shops still run VMware technologies in their data centers. For many IT administrators, Hyper-V isn't the problem; it's Microsoft's vaunted management tools.

How to migrate from ESX v3.5 to ESX4i on HP Blades
The decision between ESX and ESXi can be difficult, and VMware doesn't make it easier. Both hypervisors have their strengths and weaknesses, so it depends on a firm's needs. If you're IT department is still unsure of which VMware hypervisor to choose, this case study outlines a company's decision-making process as well as how to install ESXi on HP blade servers.


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