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SQL Server virtualization gets pricy; KVM edges our Xen

Microsoft ups SQL Server virtualization cost; KVM vs. Xen; other news news in brief for May 6, 2010

Microsoft changes SQL Server virtualization plan

With the upcoming SQL Server 2008 R2 release, Microsoft has redrawn its database virtualization licensing game in a way that will make database virtualization much more expensive for many IT shops.

Whereas the Enterprise Edition of the current SQL Server release offers unlimited virtualization rights if all of the system processors were licensed, the Enterprise Edition for R2 supports a maximum of four virtual instances. For unlimited virtualization rights, customers must buy the new Datacenter Edition, which costs $54,990 per processor (without a Software Assurance contract) compared to $27,495 for the current Enterprise Edition.

Virtualization war: KVM makes headway vs. Xen

Xen's status of fan favorite among Linux-oriented hosting providers is in danger as more of these cost-conscious players are ditching Xen for KVM virtualization.

Over the past few months, hosting players ranging from IBM, NTT Communications, Tilaa and The Planet have all said that they will offer services based on KVM virtualization rather than Xen. Red Hat Inc. has already rejected Xen in favor of KVM. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 replaced Xen with KVM.

CA bolsters ARCserve with disk backup app

CA's ARCserve data protection suit now features disk backup with bare metal restore. The company also optimized its backup, replication and high availability (HA) applications in ARCserve Backup version 15.

The new ARCserve D2D application works with or without ARCserve Backup 15. Unlike ARCserve Backup, D2D doesn't support data deduplication.

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