Hyper-V Review

Provides a redundant hosted solution to our clients, and the ability to load balance a cluster of servers so that resources are evenly spread.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this is the ability to provide a completely redundant hosted solution to our clients, no matter where they are. We have the ability to load balance a cluster of servers so that resources are evenly spread, providing the best experience. I also like the ability to live migrate machines if we have any issues with a host. The user experiences no degradation.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows us to use minimal resources to support a large number of clients.

What needs improvement?

One thing I would love to see with this product is the ability to provide an offline solution. It would be great if someone could do work when no network connection is available, then sync up when a connection is available. I would also like to see better performance with media. Right now, streaming any media within Hyper-V is just not feasible.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Hyper-V for over eight years now. We are currently using Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 to provide a fully hosted desktop solution for our clients. Our clients access their desktops through a gateway broker.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We do experience some instability with the platform. It usually happens if there is a lot of I/O happening on the volumes that hold the VMs. We also have some issues working with clustered servers not load balancing correctly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 10/10. Well, it’s a Microsoft product, so the level of support has been great.

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

Before Hyper-V, we used VMware. At the time, VMware was difficult to manage, very expensive and not as reliable.

How was the initial setup?

Hyper-V is very straightforward. It’s really just adding the appropriate roles and licenses to the servers. Once the brokers and gateways are set up, it’s really easy to just add hosting servers and VMs to those hosts.

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

I wasn’t involved in the pricing or licensing, so I can’t really comment on it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before using Hyper-V, we used VMware and Citrix. This solution gave us the most flexibility.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for virtual technology, Hyper-V continues to grow and improve. Being a Microsoft product, it’s the most-compatible solution to implement into your environment. It’s also the most cost-effective solution and you really can’t beat Microsoft support.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a Microsoft partner.
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