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Pros
"It is stable.""It has provided a good cost-saving from the management perspective.""The performance is very good.""Microsoft's a good name for legacy support and solutions""I find that most of the competition is more or less the same. However, Hyper-V is, when you compare it to the older platforms like VMware, a little bit more advanced at this stage.""There are two very good things about this product including licensing and stability.""We have a higher capacity server (specification wise) so there is no need to buy another additional hardware.""I like that it's easy to use."

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"Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""Great at solving connection problems.""Technical support is very good.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use."

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Cons
"It would be nice if they provided a free management console that we could use to manage all of the hosts for no additional fee.""Disaster recovery capabilities are the primary choice for improvement.""Security, computing balance, and taking snapshots could be improved. Features like DRS and memory ballooning could be added.""In general, based on my little experience with Hyper-V, I see a lot of obstacles. I think it falls behind the other competitors.""If a person has never implemented the solution before, they might find the process difficult.""The Hyper-V management console could be improved to make it easier. It should be a little bit more granular. Various virtual switches could also be improved to make virtual desk management slightly better. The replication could be improved slightly. The checkpoints or snapshots could be improved to make it a bit more transparent to the user.""I would like Microsoft to put more effort into the Admin Center interface and make it much easier. It is customizable, but you have to be a PowerShell expert to customize these things. That is a limitation.""It would be better if it demanded less memory. Once you have allocated those memory spaces for the installed server, fewer resources are left to allocate for the Hyper-V virtual environment. That's the drawback with that. For example, once you install Windows 10, and let's say Windows 2019, Windows 2019 will take at least 10 GB of memory. If a customer has only 16 GB of RAM on the system, they think of installing Hyper-V. Because when you have windows 2019 or something else, they give two free Hyper-V virtual licenses. But we can't because there's not enough memory. We can, however, install this as a VMS. But this UI isn't that user-friendly for most customers. They like to have a user interface with VMI, and it's not easy when you install VMI. It would also be better if they can improve their core Hyper-V version to be a bit more familiar and user-friendly with its interface. I think it would be much easier. We had a few issues with the VM Hyper-V virtual network. Once you have such issues, it's very difficult to find out where they came from. They had such issues, and we had to resolve the system again. But other than that, if it's useful and keeps working nicely, it will work very nicely even if something happens. But it's very hectic and challenging to find out where it's happening. In the next release, it would be better to control this data store part in a manageable way. This is because once we install and create a Hyper-V machine, it goes everywhere. It would be better if it had a single location and a single folder with a heartbeat and virtual machine information. You can just go forward, and the data store and everything are going into one place like the C drive. But something always goes fast, or everything gets lost if the customer doesn't manually change the direction of where the virtual hard drive routes, the more serious the problem. It would be better if they could merge all that together. This includes the virtual machine and the virtual hard drive in the same folder when creating the virtual machine. I think that it would be much easier to manage and in case something happens. Technical support also could be better."

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"The price should be reduced.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing is good for a data center environment.""I think I'm okay with the cost. There are no monthly or yearly costs or additional costs.""Thanks to our enterprise agreement with Microsoft, Hyper-V is free for us.""There is a license required to use Hyper-V and there are bundle packages you can purchase making it cheaper than other solutions, such as VMware. Additionally, if there is a lot of guest OS that requires Windows, then Microsoft becomes cheaper.""I recommend Hyper-V to customers with budget constraints.""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.""Hyper-V is cost-effective and is a one-time purchase. Microsoft has multiple licensing options available, such as a subscription model and an outside purchase model that customers can choose as per their requirements."

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"Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: KVM is better. But let's just look at the software instead of judging. Hyper-V was a free solution from Microsoft to virtualize Server or Client OS as it is a feature on Windows Server since 2008… more »
Top Answer: One of the best things about Proxmox VE is that it is open-source and very inexpensive. You get all of the same features as with the more well-known products. Proxmox VE is very easy to deploy - it… more »
Top Answer: The installation was straightforward.
Top Answer: VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
Top Answer: Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.
Top Answer: For our needs, the issue is that there is no way to take an existing system out of the testing environment, clone it with everything that it's currently set up on, and put it into production without… 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 Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company10%
Outsourcing Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company19%
Government7%
Educational Organization4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise45%
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Hyper-V is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 33 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 4 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.6, while VMware Workstation is rated 9.0. 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 Workstation writes "Excellent for testing and provides insight without having to purchase licenses". Hyper-V is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, KVM, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Proxmox VE.

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