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Executive Summary
Updated on March 29, 2022

We performed a comparison between Hyper-V and KVM based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both Hyper-V and KVM report that the initial setup and deployment of both products is straightforward and fast.

  • Features: Hyper-V users report that it is stable, scalable, high performing, and user-friendly. Several Hyper-V users say that the product demands a high amount of memory. KVM users say that the solution is easy to manage and secure but needs to improve its scalability.

  • Pricing: Hyper-V users say that the solution is inexpensive. KVM is open-source and therefore free of charge.

  • Service and Support: Hyper-V users are, for the most part, satisfied with the level of support they receive. KVM is open-source and does not provide official support. There are several companies that offer paid support for the KVM platform. In addition, there is an active KVM open-source community.

Comparison Results: Hyper-V is the clear winner in this comparison it is easy to install, robust and high performing. Hyper-V, as a Microsoft product, also offers stable and ongoing customer support.

To learn more, read our detailed Hyper-V vs. KVM report (Updated: July 2022).
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"II prefer customers to use Hyper-V because Hyper-V is mostly integrated with Microsoft solutions.""There are two very good things about this product including licensing and stability.""It has provided a good cost-saving from the management perspective.""The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy to install.""It is very easy to install. It can be done in a day.""The most valuable feature of Hyper-V is the replica service.""The most valuable feature is that it's an end-to-end solution.""I have found the GUI user-friendly and having the solution be a Windows application makes it familiar to users."

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"The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.""I have found KVM to be scalable.""I like that it's easy to manage. It's also more powerful when it comes to security than others. That point of view is the one consideration. The other consideration is that it's cost-effective.""KVM is stable.""Good screen and keyboard sharing feature.""It is easy to use, stable, and flexible. It is a pretty mature product, and it is faster than VirtualBox.""This solution is open source and easy to configure.""Very cost-effective."

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Cons
"The operating system is very, very heavy.""Security, computing balance, and taking snapshots could be improved. Features like DRS and memory ballooning could be added.""The backup site could be better. We used to face a lot of issues, and we are looking to solve that now. We are in the process of moving all the infrastructure to the cloud. It could also use more integration on the management part. We also need more integration on the monitoring sites.""The solution is lacking in numerous features and lacks flexibility.""Hyper-V could improve the management tools.""I have found it difficult to manage more than one virtual machine.""If a person has never implemented the solution before, they might find the process difficult.""Hyper-V could benefit with improvements to their management interface."

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"Technical support could be better. In the next release, I would like to see an improved user interface and dashboard. This type of improvement will make it easy or help our engineers understand the solution from a requirement point of view.""Lacks high availability across clusters as well as support for Apache CloudStack.""Its resource usage can be improved.""There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex.""In our setup, we do not have any dashboards or orchestration, and it is hard to manage. We have 25 gig network cards, but the software driver we have only supported 10 gigs.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines.""I have previously used VMware and KVM is easier to use. However, they both have their strengths depending on their use cases. They are mostly equal. One of VMware's advantages is it has better support.""Monitoring and resolution could be improved."

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  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "There is a license required for this solution. I would recommend purchasing the support."
  • "There is a perpetual license to use the solution and there are additional fees for support."
  • "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."
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  • "It is free for everyone."
  • "The price is fair compared to others. But in our local market, it's a problem to get budget approval from management. That's why they are trying to get those products so we can give them the price benefit. But if you consider the international market or other products, it's sometimes better than their price."
  • "We had some problems with the licensing."
  • "KVM is priced reasonably."
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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:My understanding is it's easy to set up.
    Top Answer:KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and supports a wider range of hardware and, also, you can implement at ZERO cost and with a very powerful web interface for management, from… more »
    Top Answer:Small support team, small cluster, low core count, use VMware products Large support team, large clusters with many cores, use KVM. KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and… more »
    Top Answer:Far from being an expert, my opinion is that the positive sides of KVM are: Lower costs and open-source which gives the abilities to customize it according to the specific needs of each customer.
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    Overview

    Hyper-V is a hardware virtualization tool that allows users to create virtual computer environments with multiple operating systems on a single physical server. Each virtual machine has computer parts, such as memory, processor, storage, and networking, and acts like a standard computer - running its own operating system and software programs. Each component of the virtual machine can be configured to meet your specific requirements.

    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 machine or server. Each virtual machine runs in its own isolated space, which means you can run many virtual machines simultaneously but independently of each other. This helps prevent problems such as a crash affecting the other workloads and enables different users to separately access various systems.

    Benefits of Hyper-V

    • Simplify application testing: With Hyper-V you can easily add and remove operating systems from your virtual machines, enabling you to run and test your applications on each of them all from one single computer.

    • Minimize resource usage and scalability: Virtual machines are easier to manage than physical hardware and less expensive. You can also maximize your server use by allocating its resources more efficiently than you can with physical hardware alone.

    Hyper-V key features:.

    • Replication and migration: Hyper-V can replicate virtual machines for backups onto different sites. Hyper-V also provides a migration tool for moving a virtual machine from one Hyper-V host to another without causing any downtime.

    • Remote connection: Hyper-V’s remote connectivity tool allows administrators to remotely access a virtual machine.

    • Security: Hyper-V keeps virtual machines secure from malware attacks, unauthorized access, and data breaching attempts.

     Reviews from Real Users

    Hyper-V stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its flexibility, its replication capabilities, and the fact that its virtual machines utilize a small amount of resources..

    Liam L., the owner of a tech services company, writes, “It is actually very low on resources. It doesn't use many resources. It is also very easy to tailor. You can change things like the amount of memory and storage on the fly. It is very stable and reliable. I like its replication feature, which is very good. It is also very easy to move the virtual machines across push servers without any difficulty. Its performance is also very good. Now with this pandemic, a lot of workers are working from home. A lot of workers have been using laptops as their desktop computers, and they would remote into a virtual PC. There is no difficulty, and they can't tell the difference between this and the real one. It is much easier to manage.”

    Kevin E. an IT director at Homeland Technology Group, LLC, notes, “We've probably seen a 50 percent speed increase on our SQL server. Hyper-V has also significantly reduced our downtimes with faster boot-up and reboot. If we have to reboot a server, there is maybe two or three minutes of downtime. When we were on a bare-metal server, it could be five to ten minutes due to the total boot time.”

    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.
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    Hyper-V vs. KVM
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    Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 44 reviews while KVM is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.4, while KVM is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "It's a low-cost solution that enabled us to shrink everything down into a single server ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". Hyper-V is most compared with Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and VMware Workstation. See our Hyper-V vs. KVM report.

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