The chatter will involve Chuck Dubuque -- a product marketing manager at Red Hat. At the summit, Dubuque is expected to describe how traditional customers typically spend about $5,000 to $7,000 per server for virtualization, with Red Hat apparently charging significantly less for RHEV.
According to the conference agenda, Dubuque also is expected to cover:
- Cost comparisons to VMware and Microsoft;
- Examples of pricing 100 Windows and 100 Linux guests; and
- Technical features of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization that reduce hardware costs, such as thin provisioning and memory page sharing.
By the way, several candidates for Red Hat's various channel partner awards have strong RHEV business practices. (Stay tuned for more details next week...)
Still, RHEV has its share of skeptics. Even if RHEV truly costs less than VMware, many pundits plan to stick with VMware because it's proven in the market and delivers cost savings compared to traditional hardware-centric server purchases.
Red Hat could also face new competition as Novell and VMware partner more closely on Linux virtualization.
The VAR Guy will dig for more perspective during Red Hat Summit.
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