Hyper-V Review

You can automate the deployment of a new Hyper-V host, but the networking part is difficult to setup.


What needs improvement?

They need to make the initial configuration more straightforward, as the networking part is confusing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I find out that for smaller shops, that have under 50VMs with a 1gb network, you don't need separate iSCSI traffic for your data. I know that all the best practices tell you to separate the traffic, but what I am seeing, is a much better Hyper-V performance if you keep ISCSI traffic with your data traffic. If you can use CIFS instead of the iSCSI, go with CIFS, HyperV loves CIFS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We did have problems, and you need to make sure that the LUNs have enough space. If you run out of space, you will need to spend a few hours to bring the VMs up.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

If you know what you are doing, you can automate the deployment of a new Hyper-V host with a PXE boot and VMM.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

5/10.

Technical Support:

It's 5/10 as it is like a lotto, you never know who you will get on other side. Sometimes you get an expert, and sometimes you get a beginner.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used VMware. The primary reason to switch to Hyper-V was the cost, as Hyper-V is for free.

How was the initial setup?

The networking part is confusing for the beginners

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Hyper-V is free, however if you build clusters, you should get a manager to centralize the management. If you are big enough and you have some money, I strongly recommend System Center, which includes VMM and other great tools like Orchestrator. You can automate building your VMs and even your application tiers. Also with VMM, you can automate spinning up new Hyper-V hosts with PXE boot. I configured, I used it, and it works perfectly.

If you are small shop go with a third party Hyper-V manager like 5nine. It is cheap, they even have a free version, and also a converter from VMware is free. I am using it right now and it works great. It includes alerting.

If for some reason you cant get either, you can manage your clusters directly from fail over cluster manager. It is just more manual work than with the tools above.

What other advice do I have?

For the cost, it has almost the same features as VMware. If you are a Microsoft shop, then get Hyper-V with System Center to connect to Windows Azure and you are all set.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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