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Virtualization Licensing Costs: Comparing VMware ESX With Microsoft Hyper-V

Published: 21 April 2009

ID: G00166090

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan


Gartner is frequently asked for price comparisons between VMware and Microsoft virtualization licenses. Both offer no-cost basic solutions, and VMware can be less expensive in specific cases. Ensure there are no more surprises.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • The Engine Is Free
  • VMware Pricing Explained
  • Microsoft Pricing Explained
  • Price Comparison Methodology
    • Single Server: A Tie
    • Basic Server Farm: Inconclusive
  • Future Developments
  • The Bottom Line

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