Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of July 26-30, 2010.
New discount program available to VMware partners
VMware's new discount program, the Volume Purchasing Program (VPP), allows partners to offer customers incremental, tier-based discounts.
The program has four discount levels that extend from 4% to 12%, depending on how many VPP points your customers have accrued over the course of two years. Customers can use online tools to manage VPP memberships and discounts.
The discount program will help partners increase customer loyalty and improve their return on investment, VMware said. Small and medium-sized businesses will benefit most from the Volume Purchasing Program, because larger organizations are often able to negotiate larger discounts on their own, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com.
Hyper-V users like Dynamic Memory but want VM density
Microsoft added the new Dynamic Memory feature to Hyper-V in the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 beta, but users still want more.
Solutions providers hoping to cash in on Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V R2 SP1 may be out of luck, because the hypervisor still lacks other features that users want more, according to SearchWindowsServer.com. Higher virtual machine (VM) density is at the top of that list. And when it comes to Dynamic Memory, customers would like to be able to use the feature without having to shut down VMs.
VM density is a major issue among users, because Hyper-V's low CPU support limit precludes them from using multi-core chips in their environments.
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