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Executive Summary

Based on your inputs, the two-year TCO using VMware vCloud Suite Standard is $288,168, X percent higher/X percent lower than using Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 ($315,244)
VMware
$288,168
Microsoft
$288,168

Table 1

Total Cost of Ownership by type, for the deployment conditions you selected

  VMware Microsoft
Capital Expenses    
Servers  $621,000  $724,500
Storage  $716,000  $758,000
Networking  $144,000  $168,000
Virtualization and management licenses  $616,275  $202,020
Windows Server licenses  $444,058  $517,020
Third-party licenses  $0  $518,456
Total CapEx Cost  $2,541,333  $2,887,996
Operating Expenses
(2 years)
   
Power and cooling  $104,444  $121,851
Data center space  $13,020  $15,190
IT administrative time cost  $19,840  $184,403
Virtualization and management software support  $308,066  $101,010
Windows Server support  $222,029  $282,520
Third-party software support  $0  $130,876
Third-party SW integration  $0  $171,090
Total OpEx Cost  $667,399  $1,006,941
Totals    
Total Cost  $3,208,732  $3,894,938
Cost-per-VM  $3,208  $3,894
% VMware Savings  18%  
     

Graph 1

This shows how the selected VMware vSphere product compares to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 on a cost-per-VM basis. Two-year capital and operating expenses are shown. Costs of the third-party products necessary to fill feature gaps in the Microsoft solution are included.

Table 2 - VMware Product Feature Comparison

Virtualization and
Private Cloud Management Features
VMware vSphere Essentials VMware vSphere with Operations Management Microsoft
Windows Server Hyper-V & System Center 2012 R2
ESS ESS+ STD ENT ENT+
Server Virtualization  
vMotion Live Migration    
High Availability    
Deduplicated VM Backups   3rd-party required
VM Replication   Incomplete
Endpoint Security    
VM Fault Tolerance     3rd-party required
Storage vMotion      
Health Monitoring & Performance Analytics     3rd-party required
Capacity Management & Optimization     3rd-party required
Operations Dashboard     Incomplete
Storage APIs       Incomplete
VM Load Balancing (DRS)        
Storage Load Balancing
(Storage DRS)
        3rd-party required
Distributed Switch         3rd-party required
I/O Controls
(Network & Storage)
        Incomplete
Definition and scope
In evaluating the cost of a virtualization solution, it is essential to use a metric that not only assesses the cost of licensing the virtualization software, but also takes into account other infrastructure components such as servers, networking, storage, power, real estate, guest operating system licensing, and IT operational expenses. Because centralized management is a fundamental component of any virtualization deployment, the relative operational efficiencies provided by that management software are important aspects to consider and factor into the cost comparison.

VMware defines the TCO as the sum of all the costs below:

Hardware Cost (virtualization hosts, management servers, networking, storage)

+    Power and cooling
+    Data center real estate
+    Guest operating system software
+    Virtualization software
+    Virtualization management software
+    Average yearly operational costs for common management scenarios performed by IT staff
+    Third-party software products needed to bring the less capable product being compared into feature parity
=    TCO (deployment and two-year operations)
/    Number of virtual machines
=    Cost per virtual machine

The VMware TCO Comparison Calculator examines the cost of operating a virtualization environment over a two-year period, but it does not provide a multi-year analysis that accounts for depreciation of hardware equipment over its life cycle. The VMware TCO Comparison Calculator provides a simple and accurate way to estimate the upfront capital expenditures and early operating expenditures required for deploying a virtualization platform. For a full ROI analysis that accounts for both operational savings and equipment life cycle, refer to the VMware ROI TCO Calculator.
Background assumptions
Price lists and modeling assumptions are valid as of October 25, 2013. Future results could be different as pricing and other assumptions based on industry averages may change.

*Included in the Microsoft costs and cost-per-virtual machine figures are the costs of third-party software required to match the features of VMware vSphere product editions. All third-party information is based on suggested retail pricing. Refer to the feature comparison in Table 2 for a more complete picture of the feature gap found in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 compared to the VMware products examined in this calculator.

For more details about the methodology and assumptions for the VMware TCO Comparison Calculator and associated operating scenario expenses, please refer to this white paper.

Table 3 - Server Hardware

  VMware Microsoft
Number of Servers    
Number of virtualization hosts 72 84
Number of servers for management and databases 0 0
Cost of Servers    
Cost of virtualization hosts $621,000 $724,500
Cost of management/database servers $0 $0
Totals    
Total Cost for Servers $621,000 $724,500
     

Table 4 - Storage Hardware

  VMware Microsoft
Number of Servers    
Number of HBAs 144 168
Cost per HBA $1,250 $1,250
Total HBA cost $180,000 $210,000
Number of Servers    
Number of SAN switches 6 8
Cost per SAN switch $6,000 $6,000
Total SAN switch cost $36,000 $48,000
Number of Servers    
Number of SAN storage GBs 100,000 100,000
Average amortized cost for SAN storage (per GB) $5 $5
Storage Array Cost* $500,000 $500,000
Totals    
Total Storage cost $716,000 $758,000
     

Table 5 - Networking Hardware

  VMware Microsoft
Number of Servers    
Number of virtualization hosts 72 84
Number of management and DB servers 0 0
Number of NICs per virtualization host 6 6
Number of NICs per management and DB servers 5 5
Total Number of NICs 432 504
Number of ports per NIC 2 2
Number of ports per network switch 24 24
Number of network switches needed 36 42
Cost of network switch $4,000 $4,000
Totals    
Total Network cost $144,000 $168,000
     

Table 6 - Power, Cooling, and Real Estate Costs

  VMware Microsoft
Power and Cooling    
Actual Operating Power (Watts per server) 26,568 30,996
Actual Cooling Power (Watts per server) 33,210 38,745
Total cost for power and cooling $104,444 $121,851
Data Center Space    
Total number of racks 6 7
Total area of data center consumed by servers (sqft) 42 49
Average fully burdened data center cost per square foot $310 $310
Totals    
Total cost of real estate $13,020 $15,190
     

Table 7 - VMware Software Costs

VMware Product Number of Units Lic. Unit Cost SnS Unit Cost (Production 1 yr) Total Initial License Cost 2 yrs Production SnS License and SnS
vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus 144 $4,245 $1,061 $611,280 $305,568 $916,848
vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise 0 $3,625 $906 $0 $0 $0
vSphere with Operations Management Standard 0 $1,745 $436 $0 $0 $0
vSphere Essentials Plus 0 $4,495 $1,124 $0 $0 $0
vSphere Essentials 0 $495 $299 $0 $0 $0
Total Cost of Virtualization Software       $611,280 $305,568 $916,848
vCenter Server Standard 1 $4,995 $1,249 $4,995 $2,498 $7,493
vCenter Server Foundation 0 $1,495 $645 $0 $0 $0
Total Cost of Management Software       $4,995 $2,498 $7,493
Total Cost of VMware Software       $616,275 $308,066 $924,341

Table 8 - Windows OS and SQL Server licensing cost for VMware solution

Windows OS and SQL Licensing Number of Units Lic. Unit Cost Software Assurance Unit cost (Production 1 yrs) Total Initial License Cost 2 yrs Production Software Assurance License and Software Assurance
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition 72 $6,155 $3,077 $443,160 $221,580 $664,740
Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition 0 $882 $441 $0 $0 $0
Total Cost Windows OS used for Virtualization Hosts       $443,160 $221,580 $664,740
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition 0 $6,155 $3,077 $0 $0 $0
Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition 0 $882 $441 $0 $0 $0
Total Cost Windows OS used for Management Hosts       $0 $0 $0
SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition 1 $898 $449 $898 $449 $1,347
Total Cost Microsoft Windows OS and SQL Server software       $444,058 $222,029 $666,087
Total Cost of Windows OS and SQL Server       $887,218 $443,609 $1,330,827

Table 9 - Windows OS and SQL Server licensing cost for Microsoft solution

Windows OS and SQL Licensing Number of Units Lic. Unit Cost Software Assurance Unit cost (Production 1 yrs) Total Initial License Cost 2 yrs Production Software Assurance License and Software Assurance
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition 84 $6,155 $3,077 $517,020 $258,510 $775,530
Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition 0 $882 $441 $0 $0 $0
Total Cost Windows OS used for Virtualization Hosts       $517,020 $258,510 $775,530
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition 0 $2,405 $1,202 $0 $0 $0
Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition 0 $882 $441 $0 $0 $0
Total Cost Windows OS used for Management Hosts       $0 $0 $0
Total Cost of Windows OS and SQL Server       $517,020 $258,510 $775,530

Table 10 - Microsoft System Center 2012 and 3rd-Party Software Costs

  Number of Units Lic. Unit Cost SA/Support Unit cost (Production 1 yrs) Total Initial License Cost 2 yrs Production SA/Support License and SA/Support
System Center 2012 Datacenter Edition 84 $2,405 $1,202 $202,020 $101,010 $303,030
System Center 2012 Standard Edition 0 $882 $441 $0 $0 $0
Virtualization Software Costs       $202,020 $101,010 $303,030
Stratus Avance FT Software 26 $3,485 $1,742 $90,616 $45,308 $135,924
vKernel, BMC ProactiveNet, Netuitive 168 $566 $113 $95,200 $19,040 $114,240
Cisco Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V 168 $730 $146 $122,640 $24,528 $147,168
Veeam Backup and Replication 168 $1,250 $250 $210,000 $42,000 $252,000
Third-party Supplemental Software Costs       $518,456 $130,876 $649,332
Total Microsoft Management Software and 3rd-Party Software Costs       $720,476 $231,886 $952,362

Table 11 - Common Operating Scenario Costs

Baseline cost per minute of IT Administrator time - $1.01 VMware cost per iteration Microsoft cost per iteration Total events per two-year period, VMware Total events per two-year period, Microsoft VMware Scenario Costs Microsoft Scenario Costs
Scenario 1: Installing the necessary software tools for your private cloud platform $103 $179 3 3 $0 $0
Scenario 2: Deploying a new tenant into a private cloud $4 $9 140 140 $0 $0
Scenario 3: Building a self-service portal with five available applications $11 $12 140 140 $0 $0
Scenario 4: Configuring and implementing granular chargeback in a private cloud $6 $79 140 140 $0 $0
Scenario 5: Maintaining health monitoring, including necessary packs and agents, in a private cloud $0 $152 72 144 $0 $22,017
Scenario 6: Configuring virtual port mirroring for security or cloud health $4 $478 24 24 $107 $11,473
Scenario 7: Completing the necessary security patch update process in your environment, including validation of patches in each sub-environment. $2,121 $2,121 9 63 $19,095 $133,665
Scenario 8: Adding new volumes and redistributing VM storage $4 $105 120 120 $536 $12,619
Scenario 9: Isolating a storage-intensive VM $2 $96 48 48 $101 $4,628
Scenario 10: Performing non-disruptive disaster recovery testing $60 $676 640 640 $0 $0
Microsoft Premier Support Cost $0 $245 0 98 $0 $24,010
Totals            
Total Operating Scenario Costs       0 $19,840 $184,403

Table 12 - Hardware Assumptions

Default Common Assumptions Currently Selected
Data Center Server Profile Server B (HP DL380e Gen8, 2 CPU, 128GB RAM)
Virtualization host  
Number of sockets 2
Number of cores per socket 8
RAM Memory (GB) 128
Networking cards 6
Rack size (U) 2
Virtualization host server cost (USD) $7,500
3YRS support and maintenance cost (as a percentage of original purchase price) 15%
Management and DB servers - only if "Physical" deployment has been selected
Number of sockets 2
Number of cores per socket 4
RAM Memory (GB) 32
Networking cards 5
Rack size (U) 2
Virtualization host server cost (USD) $3,750
3YRS support and maintenance cost (as a percentage of original purchase price) 15%
Data Center Storage Profile
Number of ports per SAN switch 24
Number of HBAs per server 2
Unit cost of an HBA $1,250
Unit cost of SAN switch $6,000
Cost of FC SAN disk storage ($/GB) $5
Cost of iSCSI SAN disk storage ($/GB) $3
Cost of NAS disk storage ($/GB) $3
Cost of vSphere Storage Appliance disk storage ($/GB) $1
Average disk space capacity per virtual disk per vm (GB) 100
Data Center Server Networking Profile
Number of ports per NIC 2
Number of ports per network switch 24
Unit cost of network switch $4,000
Data Center Server Data Center Real Estate
Total number of Us per rack (specified in U) 24
Measurement unit for space Square Feet
Area occupied by single rack (sqft.) 7
Capital cost for facilities data center space build-out (per square foot) $1,500
Capital cost for power and cooling equipment (per square foot) $1,200
Average weighted depreciation to use for build-out and equipment (in years) 10
Cost for the space (lease, rent, mortgage) in square foot per year $40
Average fully burdened data center cost per square foot per year $310
Data Center Server Power and Cooling
Price of electricity ($/kWh) for the data center facilities $0.1
Operating power (in Watts) per server 550
Steady-state constant used to convert nameplate power consumption to steady state 0.67
Estimated cooling load factor (Watts of cooling electricity needed to dissipate 1W of heat) 0.8
Airflow redundancy required to cool the data center 0.25
Current airflow de-rating (percentage available for cooling) 80%
Data Center Operating Hours
Hours per day 24
Days per week 7
Weeks per year 52
vSphere with Operations
Management Standard
Environment
1. Number of Virtual Machines: 1000
2. Networked Storage Type: FC SAN
3. Server Setup: Server B
4. Electricity Cost: Average
5. Real Estate Cost: Average
6. Additional VMs: 1