Scott Drummonds on Virtualization

The Future of VMware Pricing


Bryan Semple at VKernel last week wrote a blog article on per-VM pricing in VMware and VKernel products. Bryan observed that VMware’s customers dislike per-VM pricing.  He then stated that VKernel will stick to asset-based pricing such as per-socket. Bryan spends a lot of time with customers and I will not refute his claims. Whether or not we like per-VM pricing, I think it is here to stay.

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Alternative to DRS


Now that I am six months removed from VMware, I will admit that we executed poorly in the space of performance management.  I know that there is intense work going on right now in acquisitions, unification of performance management tools, and vCenter improvement through folding in vscsiStats and esxtop data.  But in the area of performance reporting and visualization, VMware’s success has been minimal.  VMware hopes its acquisition of AliveVM will plug part of this gap but today it is safe to say the field is wide open for VMware’s partners.

This morning one such partner, VMTurbo, gave me a demonstration of their offering in this field.  Their product provides an obvious improvement on vSphere’s performance visualization capabilities.  But given the state of VMware’s visualization capabilities virtually any graphical front-end provides an improvement.  But what really set off my imagination were two features I had not seen before:

  • A third-party alternative to DRS.
  • Cross-cluster resource optimization.

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