You can migrate live VMs between Intel processor-based servers but migration in a mixed CPU environment requires downtime and administrative hassle
A study commissioned by Intel Corp.
One of the greatest advantages of adopting a adopting a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment is being able to easily migrate the virtual machines that run your critical business applications—within the data center, across data centers, and between clouds. Routine hardware maintenance, data center expansion, server hardware upgrades, VM consolidation, and other events all require your IT staff to migrate VMs. For years, one powerful tool in your arsenal has been VMware vSphere® vMotion®, which can live migrate VMs from one host to another with zero
downtime, provided the servers share the same underlying architecture. The EVC (Enhanced vMotion Compatibility) feature of vMotion makes it possible to live migrate virtual machines even between different generations of CPUs within a given architecture.
This IDC white paper considers the approaching end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 and explores the Windows migration options that are available to customers and the benefits associated with a modernization effort. It also evaluates the risks that customers face if they do not move off of Windows Server 2003 prior to the conclusion of extended support.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Aug 17, 2017
This paper presents the results of a three-year total cost of ownership (TCO) study
comparing Dell EMC™ VxRail™ appliances and an equivalent do-it-yourself (DIY) solution of
standalone server hardware and software from the VMware vSAN ReadyNode™ (hardware
compatibility list) configurations. For both options, we modeled total hardware capital
expense, total software capital expense and operational expense for small, medium and
large clusters over a three-year period.