[CentOS] Clustering

Ross Walker rswwalker at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 21:34:13 UTC 2010


On Feb 5, 2010, at 9:03 AM, Drew <drew.kay at gmail.com> wrote:

>> Thanks for the info. Looks like VM would be the way to go. I have  
>> been
>> looking at Vmware and virtualbox. Would you recommend Vmware over
>> virtualbox?
>
>> Whats your thoughts on Vmware server over esxi?
>> Really do not want to have to budget for Virtualization if I do not  
>> have to.
>
> I know some will disagree with me but for production I recommend
> sticking with VMware's ESXi product, which is free, unless you have
> need of some of the more advanced features which are available through
> paid options.
>
> The downside of offerings like Virtualbox or VMware Server, where the
> guest OS is hosted inside the app running on a full blown OS, is the
> host itself. In my experience, the smaller footprint of VMware ESX(i)
> reduces the amount of maintenance required as well as has minimal
> performance impact of the guest OS's.
>
> That said, apps like Virtualbox / WMware server do have their place.
> At work I routinely create virtual machines under WMware Server to
> experiment with new software before releasing it into the wild at
> work. The cost overhead of running Server on my own workstation is
> acceptable for testing but I wouldn't consider it for production.

Citrix XenServer Pro is also free and it comes with live migration,  
you don't get VMotion with ESXi unless you dish out big $$ for  
Enterprise.

-Ross



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