Microsoft has a virtualization white paper, too

While waiting for an official Microsoft response to VMware's new whitepaper attacking Microsoft's virtualization licensing and distribution policies, I stumbled across a couple of Microsoft virtualization whitepapers and tools that might be of interest to customers evaluating products in this space.

While waiting for an official Microsoft response to VMware's new whitepaper attacking Microsoft's virtualization licensing and distribution policies, I stumbled across a couple of Microsoft virtualization whitepapers and tools that might be of interest to customers evaluating products in this space.

* Microsoft whitepaper on virtualization licensing,Thirty-two pages of licensing details for customers covered under Microsoft volume-licensing contracts. I'm not even going to try to distill this one. But this is definitely one document that VMware analyzed in preparing its latest critique.

* Microsoft's new Windows Server Virtualization License calculator. The fine print: "(Windows Server) Standard Edition grants the use rights to run a single virtualized instance of Windows Server Standard Edition. Enterprise Edition grants the use rights to run four instances of Windows Server that may be a mix of Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. Datacenter Edition is licensed per processor and grants use rights to run an unlimited number of virtualized instances of a mix of Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition and Datacenter Edition."

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