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"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.""The solution has an easy setup.""The most valuable feature is that it is user-friendly and easy to use.""We have a higher capacity server (specification wise) so there is no need to buy another additional hardware.""The most valuable features are ease of use, and it gets the job done in a straightforward manner.""The support with Microsoft is great."

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"The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance.""Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.""The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.""It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.""The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance.""The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.""The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.""Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good."

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"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.""There is a problem with high-availability if the load is too high.""It should be deployed with OS so there is no need to install OS separately, only select the OS and get it ready.""The management interface is in need of the biggest improvement.""I also use VMware which I find to be more scalable and stable overall."

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"Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved.""I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.""It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.""Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.""I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.""I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.""The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users.""OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs."

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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 licensing is good for a data center environment.""Microsoft Hyper-V is not expensive and is easy to set up.""This is a fairly expensive product because it balances the needs of security.""If you have the standard edition of Windows server then with each copy of the operating system, you have two virtual machines for free.""Because we're an NGO or a charity, we get discount rates from Microsoft. The costs are not astronomical for us. To give you an example, Office 2019 would only cost 30 or 45 for us. We tend to use the on-premises version rather than the cloud version. The reason is that the subscription service works out more expensive after a few years than the on-premise version. We're not worried about having the bleeding edge stuff. We just want it to be functional."

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"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.""The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.""Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure.""You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.""It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services.""VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Microsoft has documentation that is easy to find, helpful, and readily available.
Top Answer: The costs in regards to upgrading the solution are quite high and it deters customers from changing versions. The old solution in 2012 was charging at a cost per server and the pricing was good at the… more »
Top Answer: The solution has already improved for us. We have the older version, which was released in 2012, or the end of 2012. There were two releases after that, however, we haven't updated due to the fact… more »
Top Answer: DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU have to be activated at the bios level. It exist on Intel and AMD platform. it is used a lot inside virtualization platform like VMware vsphere. It provide… more »
Top Answer: We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
Top Answer: Nutanix Acropolis has been specially designed to respond to the problems of hyperconverged infrastructures. We believe that Nutanix Acropolis is more flexible and better suited to respond to the… more »
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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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Financial Services Firm17%
Outsourcing Company13%
Healthcare Company10%
Transportation Company7%
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Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company19%
Government6%
Media Company5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer8%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise48%
Find out what your peers are saying about Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Hyper-V is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 16 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 76 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "Easy to use, straightforward to setup, and capable of scaling". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Hyper-V is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Citrix Hypervisor and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation and Oracle VM. See our Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere report.

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