Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere

As of May 2019, Hyper-V is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 28 reviews vs VMware vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 92 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 VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Hyper-V is most compared with KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and VMware Workstation. VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. See our Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere report.
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Pros
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.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 flexibility and API are the most valuable features. It helps us be able to integrate with other systems and then push data easily.

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We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.The features in VMware vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM.The most valuable features for me are a very easily scalable infrastructure. I can have a couple of hosts to do basic workloads. I can have a lot of hosts to do a lot of workloads. vSAN integrates my storage so I don't need an external storage SAN. I love having everything integrated in the same UI. The new HTML5 interface doesn't require any plugins anymore and it's super-fast.Since we have an internal cloud, suddenly people may require 1000 or 2000 VMS in something. We have options to analyze and make sure we have enough scalability.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.

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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.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.The interface could be more user friendly. In addition, the documentation and security could use improvement.It needs to improve compatibility with third party software.

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Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.I feel that the scalability of the solution should be improved.Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier.We want to see improvement from VMware with security. We want minimal downtime. We want automation. We want to deploy more efficiently.An improvement could be allowing a "dark mode" for the interface. I think the HTML5 client is a little bit hard to read. It's all white. It's a little bit bright on the eyes. A lot of us IT guys view in the dark.We previously had a hard time using tech support.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.

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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.We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money.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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The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.The price is high, but you get back a lot.Our ROI is good.There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.The pricing is a bit complex.It is expensive. Other solutions on the market are free. We had to plan with VMware how many hosts that we needed in order to determine the price.

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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.

VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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Sample Customers
Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS. Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
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Outsourcing Company10%
Healthcare Company10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Transportation Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm17%
Software R&D Company15%
Retailer13%
Manufacturing Company11%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer10%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company9%
Manufacturing Company8%
Company Size
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise42%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise48%
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