It’s a multi-Hypervisor world, better get used to it.

The other day, I posed a question on Twitter asking if anyone was running a nested Hyper-V cluster on vSphere 5.5u1. I posed this question as I wanted to set this up in my Lab purely for learning, not production.  Nested Virtualization is not ready for prime time, we all know this and is unsupported by all Major vendors.  This question was simply put out there as I’m beginning to realize that understanding the “other” major Hypervisor players out there is beneficial not only to my career but to understand the competition and their play with our growing customer base.

We need to keep an open mind here, period.  Yes, I am a dedicated and true VMware fanboi and for good reason.  The technology that VMware delivers along with the VISION and COMMUNITY are the reasons why I gravitate to them.  Notice I put focus on VISION and COMMUNITY.  Companies involved in social media will and do have the upper hand, bottom line.  Being and active part of the technology community and the dedication to the Partners and Customers is why VMware is the leader today, it’s not just about the technology.

From a technical standpoint, if you look at what Microsoft delivers with Hyper-V 2012R2, it’s a very viable product, especially those customers that are receiving substantial discounts for the software licensing.  However, it would be foolish to think that’s the whole story here.  In my personal experience, Microsoft’s key problem is the lack of community and Partner enablement.  Yeah, yeah, they have Technet, ok, there is “community” there, but let’s face it, that is really focused on the Development community.  We Infrastructure Engineers and Architects gain nothing about discussions on xxx code releases, for the most part.

However, let’s face it, Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, KVM, they are all out there and they are being used and right now, these are my competitors.  In order to compete on a level playing field, I believe that we must understand the technology, not just from a business and marketing perspective, but from a technical perspective as well.  It’s no secret that I work for a Partner, and as much as I want each engagement to be about Virtualization, and helping customers achieve SDDC Utopia, it’s not reality.  Sometimes, we are simply called into to provide storage or networking solutions where Hyper-V is already in place.  We should understand how that storage and network should be configured OPTIMALLY to support that customer’s Hyper-V environment.

Now, let me get back to my initial question that I posed on Twitter.  When asked, I received a response that basically implied that running Hyper-V nested on vSphere 5.5 was for a lack of a better term, was bad.  It was considered a joke, as I know Jason Nash is a funny guy.  It was the constant retweets and favorites from that which led me to write this post.

We simply can not disregard other technology because we love a certain one so much.  In this day and age it’s close minded, and as I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, competition is a good thing.  More than that, us technologists should embrace all technology that makes sense for the use case and/or the customer.

To simply love one technology over the other is really placing yourself in “Product Silo” hell.  We can’t afford to operate in that world as it does no good for the customer or your business.



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