[Note Added on July 14, 2009: VMware has released their Lab Manager version 4.0 yesterday, where they support and work with VMware vCenter Server 4.0 and vSphere 4.0. The math and comparisons here are reflective of the previous version of VMware Lab Manager. I’ll retain this table to give readers a ‘historical’ feel for how the costs compare with the 2 solutions. If you’re curious what’s coming in the next version of VMLogix LabManager, then check this document and this movie.]
Sometimes it is difficult to sift through product dependencies and requirements to understand the true cost of ownership of a solution. Virtual lab management is one such category of solutions. Take for example the pricing and cost comparison between VMware and VMLogix solutions. You will find that VMLogix is a significantly lower priced alternative and one that has been beating VMware at the awards! How often have you come across solutions that are cheaper and better recognized in the industry?
What the comparison table below tells me is that for every 2 proc. managed host, you need to spend at least $2000 more and at least $6000 more for vCenter Server across the entire deployment for a VMware virtual lab management solution.
[Updated March 17, 2009]
If you look at the VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 costs on the VMware website (http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/buy.html) here is what you will find:
Notice that only HA is available with VMware Virtual Infrastructure Standard. For vMotion and DRS, you need to buy Virtual Infrastructure Enterprise.
In light of this requirement, the comparison of the base cost for a 10 virtual host lab between VMware and VMLogix lab management solutions is provided below. Notice that for a 10 virtual host lab, the VMware solution requires base virtualization software infrastructure that is 5X more expensive. Can you justify that staggering cost difference to your company management in this environment?
By the way, you may find this previous post interesting reading as well – how VMLogix LabManager compares with VMware Lab Manager.
I’m therefore not surprised that customers are not very happy about this, as they sift through and really understand the dependencies!
– Srihari Palangala
Here is how we view the costs between the two products stack up (I’m comparing the basic virtualization requirements in each case – the factors that really make the difference in the TCO calculation. This is cost comparison for a 10 virtual host lab):
|Component||VMware Lab Manager with HA, DRS and vMotion support||VMware Lab Manager with HA support only||VMLogix LabManager|
|Number of managed virtual hosts in the lab||10||10||10|
|Bare Hypervisor Requirement (2 proc managed host)||10 * $6,958 = $69,580
Need VI3 Enterprise, incl. 1 year Gold support
|10 * $3,624 = $36,240
Need VI3 Standard, incl. 1 year Gold support
|10 * $1,540 = $15,400
Needs only VI3 Foundation, incl. 1 year Gold support
Incl. 1 year Gold support
Incl. 1 year Gold support
|No vCenter Server required|
|Cost of the Base Infrastructure||= $75,624||= $42,284||= $15,400|