A few weeks ago, I read an article discussing how Nissan North America just can't wait for Microsoft Hyper-V Live Migration. I was incredulous. Several times I double-checked the date to make sure that parts of this piece weren't somehow transported from 2004. The quotes from the admins and descriptions of the infrastructure made it seem that they were all bound up due to the lack of Live Migration among other features, even though very mature examples of these features have been around for a long, long time. Then I got to the second section, specifically this quote:
"We're a Microsoft shop, and they were the first ones that we looked at …. We have a good relationship with Microsoft that we leverage and utilize," D'Antonio said.
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Ah -- reading between the lines might make it seem that Microsoft sweetened the deal substantially. I have no direct knowledge of this particular situation, but it's not far-fetched to believe that Microsoft probably gave Nissan oodles of free licenses and support in order to get the company to run Hyper-V in production. It's a good thing, too, since it simply wasn't an enterprise-grade hypervisor then and isn't now. I can only imagine the hoops those admins have to jump through to maintain that infrastructure.
The other thing that caught my attention was "We're a Microsoft shop." Many places are Microsoft-centric, but exactly zero are 100 percent Microsoft. They may run Microsoft products on the servers and desktop, but there's absolutely no way that they are using solely Microsoft applications and products in every part of the infrastructure, from the switches to the firewalls. Thus, the idea that moving outside the Microsoft fold for critical infrastructure components is somehow problematic is basically a nonstarter -- VMware's management tools run on Windows, as does vCenter.