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"It utilizes the hardware so there are multiple applications running on one hypervisor.""It is easy to use, and it is stable. It is a good solution.""It is a stable product.""I think the cluster environment is a good feature of Hyper-V because, if something happens, then it will automatically move to some other mode. This is a great feature of the solution.""The setup was straightforward and easy for our company. The deployment was fast.""Hyper-V improved the infrastructure drastically, not only from a performance perspective but from a control/administration view as well.""I think all of these improvements are going in a good direction. For me, its direction is good and I'm very satisfied with this product.""The most valuable feature is being able to do checkpoints then roll back to the checkpoint because that's what we need to test the software. We're testing the installation and then we roll it back and retest it."

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"I find the density of the product most valuable. It is density that a technologist can just assign page merging. This is what makes KVM one of the important players of the virtualization market.""The initial setup was simple.""Our production servers are running in Linux, and this solution supports that environment well.""Scaling the solution is easy. You just have to add more hardware.""I like that this is an open-source solution. It is very powerful, and it's easy.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.""The KVM service is well managed with a central policy interface.""If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options."

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"I think there is room for improvement in terms of the cloud solutions.""In my opinion, read the documentation carefully. If you do not, you will have problems.""There are bugs, and this should be resolved by Microsoft.""Sometimes it is a mess, and it is getting hanged. It should be something that could be easily fixed. It made us have to deal with fixing the bugs.""There are some storage problems which do occur in high load systems, especially SQL workloads.""I am using this solution with E-Notes. I heard that there will be future improvements in integration of the E-notes systems. This would be very helpful.""It would be nice if they had video acceleration, they got rid of that and VMware has video acceleration.""There needs to be more functionality overall in the Hyper-V manager."

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"The stability of this solution is less than other products in the same category.""The KVM tech support is really bad. They are not very responsive.""Support for VF is needed, where you can, for example, export from VMware to KVM.""The solution should be more user friendly. We are struggling with the command lines.""The virtual manager and the graphical QEMU for KVM need some improvement.""Business continuity features need to be added.""The initial setup of this solution is more difficult than some of the competing products and it could be improved.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines."

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"I think it is expensive. I think if they want it to be more competitive, they should lower the price.""The pricing and licensing is pretty good.""The pricing and licensing is fine.""The pricing is not much. We have a very big environment, and pricing is no problem.""We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money.""The licensing is good for a data center environment.""Microsoft Hyper-V is not expensive and is easy to set up."

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"This solution came with the Linux license.""This solution is an open-source, free platform with paid support."

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Top Answer: Far from being an expert, my opinion is that the positive sides of KVM are: Lower costs and open-source which gives the abilities to customize it according to the specific needs of each customer.
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Hyper-V is a native hypervisor for x86-64 systems, enabling platform virtualization. It is a Microsoft product that comes in two forms. One form is Hyper-V as a standalone product, known as Hyper-V Server (Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is the latest version). The other form is as a role to be installed in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or the x64 version of Window 8 Pro. No matter what form it takes, Hyper-V gives you the services and tools required to create a virtualized server environment.

Hyper-V creates a cost-effective, stable and productive server virtualization environment by running multiple operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and more, in parallel on one server.

Some of the business benefits of installing Hyper-V include:

  • Create a private cloud environment or expand an existing one.
  • Optimize hardware utilization and minimize resource consumption by consolidating servers in the form of virtual machines on one physical host.
  • Improvement of business continuity.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure creation or expansion.
  • Greater efficiency for test and development activities.
KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.
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Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS. MediaWiki, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Commons
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Financial Services Firm17%
Outsourcing Company14%
Healthcare Company10%
Transportation Company7%
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Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company20%
Media Company6%
Government6%
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Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company29%
Media Company6%
Educational Organization5%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise32%
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Small Business59%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise29%
Find out what your peers are saying about Hyper-V vs. KVM and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Hyper-V is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews while KVM is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 8 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 8.0, while KVM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "An easy setup with good scalability and stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". Hyper-V is most compared with Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, Citrix Hypervisor and VMware vSphere, whereas KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM, Proxmox VE and RHEV. See our Hyper-V vs. KVM report.

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