Microsoft goes on cloud offensive

Software king of the world Microsoft is going on an offensive against cloud rival VMware.

The company, which recently had to battle the fact that its cloud crashed because of a leap year bug, is claiming that its private cloud infrastructure is cheaper than VMware’s.

According to CRN, a white paper claims that Volish prices are five to 16 times more expensive. This estimation is an increase from last August when Microsoft estimated that VMware’s private cloud was four to nearly ten times more expensive.

Vole claims that the improved price differences come from VMware’s use of per-virtual machine and memory-based licensing for its private cloud products. For example, the Enterprise Plus edition vCenter Operations Management Suite costs $34,250 for a pack of 25 VM licenses.

Microsoft insists that its licensing scheme is cheaper because it links costs to the number of processors, and doesn’t set virtualisation limits on customers that buy the Datacenter versions of its private cloud products. As a result its licensing is easier for customers to understand and work out how much it costs.

Vole also claims that customers can buy Windows Server, System Center and Forefront Client Security in a single per-processor software licence, called ECI (Enrollment for Core Infrastructure) which can also work out cheaper.

Using Volish numbers, VMware’s private cloud costs up to $4730 per VM, including a three year license and support contract.