Hyper-V Review

Hyper-V has made great strides since it was first released alongside Windows 2008


Hyper-V has made great strides since it was first released alongside Windows 2008. If I were a SMB/small enterprise running mostly a Windows shop and looking into virtualization, I would definitely give it a serious look - it can do most everything I would need for a lot less than vSphere. However, vSphere is still the king as far features, specifically when it comes to availability and DR.

That said, the growth of KVM & Openstack and the community surrounding them excite me more than anything coming down the pipe for either Hyper-V or vSphere.

Disclosure: The company I work for is partners with several vendors - http://www.latisys.com/partners/strategic_partnerships.html

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarHenry
TOP REVIEWERTOP 5Real User

Hi Jason,

What is your take on Hyper-V vs VMware View?

Happy Labor Day w/e

Henry

author avatarProject Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
TOP REVIEWERVendor

Is the license for Hyper-V expensive over ESXi or Oracle VM?

author avatarSenior Manager of Infrastructure with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor

Hyper-V is complete free! You don't pay for the hypervisor!

author avatarFounder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
TOP REVIEWERConsultant

Hyper-V is completely free. But, so is VMware ESXi (hypervisor). If you want a stand-alone server, both are good options. The price comes into play when you add centralized management, failover capabilities, performance statistics collection, etc. At that point both cost a fair amount, but if you are in an enterprise environment, you need all of these features to save you a tremendous amount of management time.

author avatarSenior Manager of Infrastructure with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor

But you have all of these features in Hyper-V (like HA, Clustering, Live Migration and others) for free! If you use ESXi you don't have! You have to go to the pay version to get those features!

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