Hyper-V Review

A good hypervisor but it lacks proper backup features


What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution as a hypervisor.

What needs improvement?

They could turn it into a product because that's the problem with it. It doesn't have a single place where you can manage things. You have to go into all different screens to be able to configure it. It is hard to track what the performance is. It's really just a feature added to Windows, and Microsoft does not really have anything that pulls it all together well. Compared to VMware, it does not have everything collaborate on one screen.

In addition, the solution needs better ability to do backups. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Once it is setup, there is no problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a hypervisor, so if you had more servers, you get more scale.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not straightforward, it is a bunch of Microsoft parts that you have to arrange yourself. You have to set up the networking so that you have redundancy. You then have to go in, cluster two Windows servers, which is not so easy. The Hyper-V becomes simple, but it does not happen if the other things are not properly configured.

It takes roughly four hours to install. 

What was our ROI?

There is no ROI for us, because it is a free product.

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

It is free for us so that was a prime factor for choosing this solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently seriously considering migrating to VMware solutions.

What other advice do I have?

It is good for small installations. If you are looking to do anything fancy, this is is not a good choice.

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