Hyper-V vs KVM

Hyper-V is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 7 reviews vs KVM which is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 2 reviews. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes " Simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform are attractive, it grows on you with time". The top reviewer of KVM writes "A very reliable solution which can be used for x86 architecture virtualization with reasonable overhead". Hyper-V is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and KVM. KVM is most compared with vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer. See our Hyper-V vs KVM report.
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Pros
Hyper-V provided freedom to spin up development and test environments. As projects were created, an environment could be created and applied.The organization has realized the benefits on smaller data center space, power, cooling, etc. apart from the benefit that the virtualization layer brings in.It runs our most critical workloads and supports all our branch offices.The Failover Clustering feature allows us to be able to make our most critical workload highly available.The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization.The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization.The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization.Live migration, SMB3.

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KVM has a rich options set which can be directly used or via wrappers, such as libvirt.If you are a Linux desktop user, KVM is the solution to go with if you have to start virtual machines with Linux or other operating systems with almost zero extra configuration needed.A very reliable solution which can be used for x86 architecture virtualization with reasonable overhead.

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Cons
It needs additional administration and monitoring capabilities.Status and availability became an issue and need.SCVMM needs to be more user-friendly. Without SCVMM, automating is not easy to use and we look forward to the upcoming versions of SCVMM becoming simpler and more admin friendly.They can hot add NICs to the VMs. However, there is still not the ability to hot add virtual processors to running VMs.There is a hard limitation of 20 gigs per file with Dropbox, so you've got to overcome that by chunking the zip files into something smaller and manageable.There is a hard limitation of 20 gigs per file with Dropbox, so you've got to overcome that by chunking the zip files into something smaller and manageable.There is a hard limitation of 20 gigs per file with Dropbox, so you've got to overcome that by chunking the zip files into something smaller and manageable.Storage via SMB3.

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The only negative aspect of needing hardware support is a fully functional KVM can be dropped. It would be nice if the support for other platforms, like ARM or Risk, were as good as the x86 one. However, with the democratization of Chromebooks based on these chips and mobile devices, it will not take long for that to happen.

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Once we bought the datacenter version of the server, we did away with worrying about the cost of licensing our VMs separatelyIt comes with all the features and goodies inside the box, so you do not have to purchase anything else.We did not have to pay extra money for the Failover Clustering feature.It's cheap, but not the best.

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​It is free and can be run from your laptop, if needed, unlike VMware.​

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Overview
Overview

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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Sample Customers
Sample Customers 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
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Outsourcing Company
18%
Healthcare Company
9%
Transportation Company
9%
Financial Services Firm
9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
14%
Transportation Company
9%
Government
7%
Manufacturing Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider
25%
Financial Services Firm
11%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Government
6%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
45%
Midsize Enterprise
24%
Large Enterprise
30%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
18%
Midsize Enterprise
33%
Large Enterprise
49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
21%
Midsize Enterprise
27%
Large Enterprise
52%
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