What is the “Virtualization Matrix”?
… a unique vendor-agnostic reference matrix enabling you to quickly select and compare license-specific capabilities of the selected x86 server virtualization technologies …
Think of it as a free, self-service driven “consultancy tool” for x86 virtualization and private cloud.
It might look simple (that’s at least the goal) – but the Virtualization Matrix is more than just a “table”.
- currently compares and evaluates over 1000 individual features of more than 15 editions of the 3 leading x86 virtualization vendors.
- contains detailed explanations and links equaling to over 250 pages (just click on the individual feature for ‘pop-ups’ to get an idea).
- colour-coded evaluation allows you to visually compare capabilities and spot “holes” quickly
The Custom Report enables you to taylor the matrix data to your environment, by specifying relevance and priorities and adding custom criterias to the evaluation. It will provide you with a report including simple charts that can be used as proof point for your evaluation or decisions.
Over and beyond the matrix the blog (“Posts”) features news impacting relevant vendor capabilities and articles with insights into the wider x86 virtualization market based on my personal work with the different vendors and technologies.
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What is this not?
Please bare in mind that matrices are certainly great initial evaluation tools but provide only limited value for complex evaluation purposes – especially for an area as multi-faceted and dynamic as virtualization and it’s associated technologies. So (although you’ll know this anyway) just let me point out that:
- It should not replace an in-depth evaluation process of your your specific environment and requirements
- On its own it will never represent a “complete” view – rather than an abstracted, simplified “snap-shot”
- Although ”vendor-agnostic” it will be a reflection of my personal view
The Custom Report function will help you to overcome some of these limitations but a) it will require some more time from your end and b) it will only be as good as the data you provide.
Ok, enough of stating the obvious …
This matrix has been put together with the input of other people (and increasingly through feedback users of the site provide) – so let me say THANKS!
Comments and feedback are welcome!