Compare Hyper-V vs. KVM

Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 26 reviews while KVM is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 8.2, while KVM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "Improves security and uptime, and the VMM gives you full control over many resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of KVM writes "Good performance, but better management features and integration are needed". Hyper-V is most compared with KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Proxmox VE, whereas KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. See our Hyper-V vs. KVM report.
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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.Hyper-V improved the infrastructure drastically, not only from a performance perspective but from a control/administration view as well.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.It is easy to use, and it is stable. It is a good solution.It utilizes the hardware so there are multiple applications running on one hypervisor.It is a stable product.It allowed us to add on servers and fix things in an expedient manner.

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The KVM service is well managed with a central policy interface.The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.I like that this is an open-source solution. It is very powerful, and it's easy.Scaling the solution is easy. You just have to add more hardware.Our production servers are running in Linux, and this solution supports that environment well.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.It is an open ecosystem, and we see there is a benefit in open-source solutions.

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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.There are some storage problems which do occur in high load systems, especially SQL workloads.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.In my opinion, read the documentation carefully. If you do not, you will have problems.I think there is room for improvement in terms of the cloud solutions.There are bugs, and this should be resolved by Microsoft.Microsoft tech support is horrible.The interface could be more user friendly. In addition, the documentation and security could use improvement.

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The initial setup of this solution is more difficult than some of the competing products and it could be improved.Business continuity features need to be added.The virtual manager and the graphical QEMU for KVM need some improvement.The solution should be more user friendly. We are struggling with the command lines.Support for VF is needed, where you can, for example, export from VMware to KVM.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.We would like to have a software lifecycle solution included in this solution. We can handle the software needed for KVM, but also the software that we provide. A lifecycle component would be very beneficial.

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We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money.The pricing is not much. We have a very big environment, and pricing is no problem.The pricing and licensing is pretty good.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 fine.The Hyper-V pricing and licensing are very good.The pricing is not an issue for us because we have a licensing agreement with Microsoft. So we are given an 80% discount.I do not have experience with pricing or licensing of the product.

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This solution is an open-source, free platform with paid support.This solution came with the Linux license.It is cheaper than other solutions out there on the market.It is cheaper than other competitors like VMware or Hyper-V.​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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Financial Services Firm14%
Outsourcing Company9%
Healthcare Company9%
Transportation Company9%
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Software R&D Company27%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company7%
Retailer7%
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Software R&D Company39%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company8%
Government6%
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