Hyper-V vs. KVM

Hyper-V is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews vs KVM which is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 4 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 "I find the density of the product most valuable". 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
It makes it easier to deploy service. All service tends to migrate onto the server house without having problems now. It is hardware independent.I find the ease of use the most valuable asset of the solution.This solution helps us with production of our office business needs.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.We can perform maintenance on equipment during the day because we can live migrate all of the machines from one server to another.With each update, the security of this solution just gets better and better. It is very stable.We chose this solution because of the pricing and the simplicity of the product.

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I think nine out of the ten supercomputers in the world use Linux KVM, so I think that attests to the fact that it is a scalable product.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.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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It might make it easier to move VMs across Hotmail hosts. This application process make it a little bit easier.An improvement I suggest is having more guest operating systems.It needs to improve the handling of the amount of storage.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. Microsoft increased the price for this solution when adding the Storage Spaces Direct feature.The the only challenge for us was moving existing physical machines to virtual machines.I would love to see other options for connecting VMs to large data storage.We have our cluster connected to a Dell EMC VNX (SAN). The Hyper-V nodes are on Cisco UCS blades, and everything is interconnected via fiber. I attempted to use a virtual Fibre Channel connection to present a SAN volume to a VM but was not able to make that work.

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Technical support is not top-notch.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.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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I use the free version of Hyper-V.The pricing isn't too bad, because you can do the bare metal hypervisor, and it is pretty fair. Other competitors are more expensive.I do not have any comments about pricing or licensing of the product.The pricing is not much. We have a very big environment, and pricing is no problem.Microsoft recently tacked on a higher price for their software to use the storage migration in the Storage Spaces Direct array. That was just terrible.We chose this solution because of the pricing and the simplicity of the product.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.

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It is cheaper than other competitors like VMware or Hyper-V.This solution came with the Linux license.​It is free and can be run from your laptop, if needed, unlike VMware.​

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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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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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Transportation Company
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Healthcare Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Financial Services Firm
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Transportation Company
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Government
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Small Business
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