Typically, companies identify what they consider to are best-in-class virtualization solutions, choose a vendor and begin to install the systems.
According to a recent TechTarget report, recent advances by both Microsoft and VMware have created an illusion that companies must choose a single-vendor solution for server virtualization. However, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi both offer elite solutions, and companies should consider combining systems from multiple vendors when establishing on-premise and virtual server hosting plans.
The report said most vendor decisions are based on the need to run specific software packages, such as Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server. However, companies working to use Microsoft systems for some of their servers could still consider using VMware programs for other servers.
The report also said companies could benefit from deploying solutions that are compatible with multiple vendors, making it easier to deploy the programs regardless of the server's hypervisor. For example, Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager is capable of managing both Hyper-V and XenServer establishments.
Recently, NEC released a new set of fault-tolerant servers designed to run both Microsoft and VMware hypervisors, InfoTech Spotlight reports. The devices are designed with a number of backup utilities to ensure uptime greater than 99.9 percent.