Occasionally, just occasionally, the Reg reports something I wasn't aware of and does it very well. This is one of those times so thankyou for the article :)
In some ways, server virtualization makes disaster recovery easier, less costly, and more approachable for a wider range of companies. And in others, it makes disaster recovery more important than ever because more virtual server eggs are running in a single physical server basket. No matter which way server virtualization cuts …
That isn't covered by vmware either. Its just shows different sorts of fault tolerance.
You'll need failover hosts regardless. Most enterprises do multi-site, but if this can cut your per-site vmware costs in half then that's probably a good thing.
Forget autonomy, I'm surprised HP hasn't put some effort into their own hypervisor. Bring some *nix or non-stop expertise to x86.
"if this can cut your per-site vmware costs in half"
No, this would double your per site VMware costs because you'd need twice the number of licences. Licences are tied to hardware, they are not just a serial number you type in to activate a system.
See page 4 here:
I also contacted Stratus and triple-checked it and they confirmed that you only need one software license for the OS or hypervisor on a pair of machines.