Hyper-V Review

Hyper-V 2012 R2 vs. VMware vSphere 5.5

I was won with Hyper-V 2012R2 recently and the table below based on customer RFP (edited). This articles all about technical, there is not related with TCO/ROI, licensing cost, “political”, etc. Another to noted is the Windows Server 2012 licenses is based on 2 socket CPU, meanwhile VMware vSphere is based on 1 socket CPU. With Windows 2012R2 Datacenter, you will eligible to have unlimited Guest OS licenses.

Also System Center 2012R2 licenses based on 2 socket CPU.

Enjoy it, and let me know if I missed something or need some updated.

Requirements Hyper-V 2012R2 VMware vSphere 5.5
Host Server Hardware Requirements
• 32 Logical CPUs minimum
• 128GB RAM or more
• 320 Logical Processor
• 320 Logical Processor
VM Guest Hardware Specification
• Up to 16vCPUs
• Up to 64GB RAM
• At least support for 2 vNICs
• Virtual CPU per Host
• Virtual Hard disk support for up to 10TB
• 64vCPUs
• 12 vNIC supported
• 2048 vCPU per Host
• 64TB Virtual Disk
• 64vCPUs
• 10 vNIC supported
• 512 vCPU per Host
• 62TB Virtual Disk
Host clustering Support:
• Support for at least 8 nodes
• Support for at least 90 running VMs or more
• VM Replication technology to enable DR scenarios
• 64 nodes per Cluster
• 8,000 VMs per Cluster
• Hyper-V Replica
• 32 nodes per Cluster
• 4,000 VMs per Cluster
• vSphere Replication
• VM Failover priority and startup priority • YES • YES
• Concurrent based migration without downtime of VMs Live Migration with unlimited VMs vMotion, 4VM (1GbE) and 10VM (10GbE) per Host
• Storage migration without downtime of VMs Live Storage Migration Storage vMotion
• No shared storage based migration without downtime of VMs Shared Nothing Live Migration vMotion
• High Availability of VMs Windows Server Failover Cluster VMware HA
• Dynamic Workload balancing across host cluster • Hyper-V High Availability • VMware DRS
• Live merge of VM snapshots • Intelligent Placement with System Center VMM • Center Snapshot Manager
• Supported with Hyper-V Backup • Supported with vSphere Data Protection
Support for VM workload migration without downtime, VM workload storage migration without downtime and host clustering features Intelligent Placement (VMM) for VM workload without downtime. And Storage Tiering by Windows Server 2012R2 for Storage Workload. DRS and Storage DRS
Support for VM Templates and automated VM creation of Windows Server OS workloads YES YES
Support for managing multi Hypervisors – preferably VMware and Hyper-V System Center 2012R2 support for managing multi hypervisor (Hyper-V, VMware and XenServer) vCenter vCAC
Granular administration model Supported with Windows Server 2012R2 Active Directory Supported with Windows Server 2012R2 Active Directory
Monitoring and alerting of virtual infrastructure coving all components from the hardware level to the Hypervisor to the running VMs, VM OS health and Applications monitoring Supported with System Center 2012R2 vCenter Operations Manager
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user217209 (Sr Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

Thanks for info Kindly elaborate more on V6 of Vsphere will MS would release Server 2013 to compete

author avatarit_user249174 (IT Engineer at a tech services company)

Good Compare and Artikel , Next Vsphere 6.0 With MS Server