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Brad Brundage
Real User
Technology Systems Analyst with 1-10 employees
Oct 03 2017

What is most valuable?

The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

Just to be able to efficiently utilize our power hardware. Gone are the days of one pizza box for a two-core CPU. You've got dozens of cores in one box, and you can't use them all if you just run one… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a hard limitation of 20 gigs per file with Dropbox, so you've got to overcome that by chunking the zip files into something smaller and manageable. But that's going to depend on the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

VMware - the cost. Because Hyper-V is free, and you get a lot of the solutions that you've got to pay tens of thousands of dollars for with VMware. It's free under Microsoft. And they've really… more»

What other advice do I have?

Don't knock Hyper-V until you actually try it. I get a lot of people from the tech community, saying things like, "Hahaha, you're on Hyper-V?" And I reply, "Yeah. At first, I opposed it, but it's… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was dropped into it, so I inherited a mostly completed environment, and then I finished it. They had problems with the VMware running on their servers because they were using unsupported. It was… more»
Morne' O'Kennedy
Real User
Lead specialist at OKCIUS (Pty) Ltd
Aug 04 2019

What is most valuable?

In most recent times, the live migration that is available for non-clustered environments was a massive benefit. Microsoft Storage Spaces can be used as an iSCSI provider for Hyper-V, which can help… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Hyper-V improved the infrastructure drastically, not only from a performance perspective but from a control/administration view as well. This directly affects the products and services offered on the… more»

What needs improvement?

I believe further improvement can be made on the cluster manager side, not specifically Hyper-V related. There are some storage problems which do occur in high load systems, especially SQL workloads… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Do not immediately think of massive SANs and expensive servers. Instead, start small then evaluate and test properly to understand how workloads are treated. Microsoft, with Server 2019, gives you a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used Hyper-V since it was launched and upgrading to the newer versions is purely a matter of staying up to date with the latest features to help our customers benefit.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options before choosing this solution. VMware has always been a good platform but in terms of costs, it is very expensive. The other 'freeware' options are also great but did not… more»
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Real User
User
Nov 20 2018

How has it helped my organization?

We can perform maintenance on equipment during the day because we can live migrate all of the machines from server A to server B, and then work on server A. This saves us a lot of time. It used to require working after hours for us to do… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the management tools have room for improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Microsoft should have not required a data center license for the new feature of Storage Spaces Direct. There is a new feature that comes with Hyper-V called "Storage Spaces Direct" What that storage does, it allows you to use the storage in… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would like to see deduplication and compression in a future roll-out of the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do also use VMware vSphere. But, we use Hyper-V more. Some people have different desires. Some people want a Lexus, and other people are happy with a Honda. Both are great cars, but one is a lot more expensive.
YaoAyivor
Real User
CTO for Pydynamix
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The flexibility and API are the most valuable features. It helps us be able to integrate with other systems and then push data easily. It has 100% functionality and speed.

How has it helped my organization?

There is an ease of use, and it is able to deploy it because there are people throughout my country of South Africa that all understand Microsoft. They can easily fire up a virtual environment because they are familiar with Microsoft.

What needs improvement?

The interface could be more user friendly. In addition, the documentation and security could use improvement. Some customers have been complaining of running into Immobility Licensing Restrictions. They were running on an ELA, and there was… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is not an issue for us because we have a licensing agreement with Microsoft. So we are given an 80% discount.

What other advice do I have?

If I was going to a demo, and somebody had given me an iPhone and I had to quickly gut it, my first choice would not be Hyper-V. It is not a user-friendly solution. I would say the ability to assign more dynamically, like VM-ware does. And… more»
Sandeep Shenoy
Consultant
Consultant at hadafq8
Nov 19 2018

What is most valuable?

With the virtualization what we could achieve was maximum utilization of our resources. Previously we used to like have ten, fifteen physical service each one was utilized for a certain percentage and uh, not everything was utilized. I mean… more»

What needs improvement?

I am able to give end users better performance and better response time and better availability. The the only challenge for us was moving existing physical machines to virtual machines. The time taken was to migrate the physical machine to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We chose this solution because of the pricing and the simplicity of the product.

What other advice do I have?

If you want to use a solution that does the job that is required, to the best of its ability, then Hyper-V is a great solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I think that Hyper-V stands in the same ranking as VMware or Oracle in terms of solutions for similar needs.
Jarek Słupiński
Real User
Freelancer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

I think that Hyper-V is going in a good direction and I think that the current improvements are moving Hyper-V from 2008 to 2016. I think all of these improvements are going in a good direction. For me, its direction is good and I'm very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We had a physical server and now I can use different operating systems and different platforms on the same hardware. For example, in one instance Windows 7 was almost SQR and another instance was Active Directory and yet another was Linux… more»

What needs improvement?

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. I also am waiting for improvements in networking and life migration.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing of this solution is quite easy because the basic server of Hyper-V is free because it is included in the server license.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money.
Real User
IT Executive at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 13 2018

What do you think of Hyper-V?

How has it helped my organization?

It makes it easier to deploy services. All services tend to migrate onto the server house without having problems now. It is hardware independent.

What is most valuable?

We find the most valuable feature is just hosting the VM. The replication I do with other software.

What needs improvement?

It might make it easier to move VMs across Hotmail hosts. This application process may make it a little bit easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not had problems with the stability of the solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I am using the free version of the solution. There are some limited features, and it is not too…
Real User
Sr. Programmer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jan 06 2019

What needs improvement?

They could turn it into a product because that's the problem with it. It doesn't have a single place where you can manage things. You have to go into all different screens to be able to configure it. It is hard to track what the performance is. It's really just a feature added to Windows, and… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is free for us so that was a prime factor for choosing this solution.

What other advice do I have?

It is good for small installations. If you are looking to do anything fancy, this is is not a good choice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently seriously considering migrating to VMware solutions.
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What is Hyper-V?

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.

Hyper-V customers

Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.

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