Hyper-V vs. VMware Comparison

Choosing the right Virtualization software for your datacenter is a complex task. Microsoft's Hyper-V has become a formidable competitor to VMware, especially with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.  So we thought we would share our experience via this comparison of VMware versus Hyper-V, the leading server virtualization solutions.

Prior Version: 2008 R2 versus Server 2012
Microsoft made considerable enhancements in to Hyper-V in the release of Windows Server 2012 OS.  This page presents data for Server 2012 only.  Please read our 2008 vs 2012 comparison to learn more.

Hyper-V versus VMware - Pricing
If you already have a Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 OS platform, you can download Hyper-V Server at no cost. The only cost is for the System Center management framework. Microsoft includes management of physical and virtual environments along with Hyper-V and VMware.

Hyper-V provides you with migration capabilities: Live Migration is included in Windows Server at no extra charge.  We are using it and can attest to it's robustness.  With VMware, VMotion in both Foundation and Standard editions, there is an additional charge if you want to add migration capabilities.

Take a look at the following table, you will see side-by-side the cost comparison of Hyper-V vs VMware. All of VMware feature comparisons use Virtual Infrastructure Enterprise and most of its pricing comparisons use Virtual Infrastructure Foundation. Costs are for five physical servers.  We've made the assumption that you've already paid for the host server OS in this comparison.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server with
Existing OS

5 Servers


 Microsoft Hyper-V Server

$0


 System Center Management Suite

7,520

 Enterprise + 2-year SA

 System Center Ops Mgr Server

581


 System Center Configuration Manager

580


 System Center Data Protection

581

 Manager Server
Total

$9,262

VMware ESXi with
Existing OS

5 Servers


 Existing operating system

$0


 vCenter + 2-year SA

7,318


 2 processer infrastructure Enterprise License + 2-year SA

42,125

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 



Total

$49,443


Hyper-V versus VMware - Feature Comparison
The following chart compares VMware Enterprise core features with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center Management core features.

 
Resource
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
VMware vSphere Hypervisor
VMware vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus
Host
Logical Processors
320
160
60
 
Physical Memory
4TB
32GB
2TB
 
Virtual CPUs per Host
2,048
2,048
2,048
VM
Virtual CPUs per VM
64
8
64
 
Memory per VM
1TB
32GB
1TB
 
Active VMs per Host
1,024
512
512
 
Guest NUMA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cluster
Maximum Nodes
64
N/A
32
 
Maximum VMs
8,000
N/A
3,000

 

Capability
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
VMware vSphere Hypervisor
VMware vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus
Virtual Fiber Channel
Yes
Yes
Yes
3rd Party Multipathing (MPIO)
Yes
No
Yes (VAMP)
Native 4-KB Disk Support
Yes
No
No
Maximum Virtual Disk Size
64TB VHDX
2TB VMDK
2TB VMDK
Maximum Pass Through Disk Size
256TB+
64TB
64TB
Offloaded Data Transfer
Yes
No
Yes
Dynamic Memory
Yes
Yes
Yes
Resource Metering
Yes
Yes
Yes
Quality of Service
Yes
No
Yes
Data Center Bridging (DCB)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Virtual Machine Live Migration
Yes
No
Yes
1GigE Simultaneous Live Migrations
Unlimited

N/A

4

10GigE Simultaneous Live Migrations
Unlimited

N/A

8

Live Storage Migration
Yes
No
Yes
Shared-Nothing Live Migration
Yes
No
Yes
Network Virtualization
Yes
No
VXLAN
Incremental Backups
Yes
No
Yes
VM Replication
Yes
No
Yes
NIC Teaming
Yes
Yes
Yes
Integrated High Availability
Yes
No
Yes
Guest OS Application Monitoring
Yes
N/A
No
Cluster-Aware Updating
Yes
N/A
Yes
Failover Prioritization
Yes
N/A
Yes
Affinity & Anti-Affinity Rules
Yes
N/A
Yes

                

Notes:
With Microsoft, virtualization with Hyper-V was built into Windows Server. For heavy Microsoft shops, this means tighter integration with your existing infrastructure and management tools. Since Hyper-V is part of Windows Server, your IT staff will use it seamlessly because they are familiar with the Windows look-and-feel. 

One thing that Microsoft has done very well is that they have tried to add as many management tools for virtualization as possible and of course, the market leader in terms of virtualization management tools is VMware. Microsoft has almost as many tools as VMware in terms of virtualization management.

Microsoft supports a limited number of Linux distributions (today SUSE), so keep that in mind. If you have a wider number of platforms to support, VMware ESX is your choice.

Hyper-V lets you manage virtual and physical environments and uses common deployment, provisioning, monitoring, and backup methodologies across both. VMware’s answer to management is to use Virtual Infrastructure Enterprise and Virtual Center, but even these tools won't allow to manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources or applications. You may also want see how Hyper-V compares to Xen.

Virtualization Consultants from PPC Professional Services
Regardless of your choice between VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, our team of Server Virtualization Consultants will help your organization to select the right virtualization technology. They also will help you plan, install, configure and optimize your chosen virtualization platform. Feel free to call us for a free demonstration.

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