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Hostworks customers want VMware but nineMSN insists on Microsoft

Obviously customers don't matter, right?

"Let's say you have 10 four-way quadcore hosts for a big site like Big Brother or NineMSN," he said. "To use all the power of the machines, each core counts as a CPU. The downside is you end up with 40 virtual servers, which is hard to manage.

Hostworks thus tends to only use virtualisation on smaller one- and two-way servers for smaller clients or those with low throughput paths.

Hostworks' server consolidation is somewhat unique in that they are deploying virtualisation tools from both VMware and Microsoft.

Most of Hostworks' customers choose VMware, but NineMSN insists on using Microsoft. "The reason we are deploying both is that NineMSN is half-owned by Microsoft," Gauvin said.

Anyways waiting for a product that will be first class when ready for production in 2008 or 2009, is not really smart. Maybe by then we won't be doing virtualization the way we are today.

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