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Hyper-V vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Hyper-V vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"Microsoft's a good name for legacy support and solutions""The installation was straightforward.""The interface is quite good.""Hyper-V is much easier to deploy because Hyper-V is already installed inside Windows Server OS. You only need to turn on Hyper-V as a service, and then you can use it. The most convenient thing about Hyper-V is the operating system.""It is very easy to install. It can be done in a day.""I like that Hyper-V is like a virtual environment. I like to use VMware because of the resource requirements. In Sri Lanka, most of the customers use the Hyper-V GUI. When installing the interface with the Windows version, we also install the Hyper-V feature on the server. This is because they require more features and memory. There are so many features that they have embedded in Hyper-V that are useful.""Hyper-V integrates well with other Microsoft solutions.""The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy to install."

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"Nutanix's customer support is good, one of its biggest selling points.""The solution scales very well.""It's user-friendly.""The most valuable feature of Nutanix AHV is that it can be managed through Hyper-V, which is Microsoft's hypervisor, VMware, and Citrix XenServer.""It is the simple non-consideration we get with this product that's great. It just works.""Using AHV, we have a built-in VR solution. It operates using a reduplication-based unique package transfer process.""The entirety of the infrastructure resides in the same product, which makes it easy to troubleshoot and investigate problems.""Nutanix AHV's most valuable feature is NetFlow."

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Cons
"We've had many issues with Hyper-V's stability, including resource crunches and memory leakage.""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.""Hyper-V's management platform falls short in terms of scalability, especially when handling multiple Hyper-V servers. VMware has a central console to pull in all your VM servers, so you can easily manage them all through one console. You can manage servers in Hyper-V's admin centers, but it's not as scalable. It's doable with a couple of Hyper-V servers, but it becomes harder to manage when you get over two or three Hyper-V servers.""Hyper-V isn't a lightweight solution like VMware. Management could be more straightforward. Even as far as disk management tools are concerned, it would be better if that could be made simpler. The same applies to performance.""Hyper-V systems need a lot of admin effort because security updates and monthly updates require rebooting after the update.""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.""It's not completely stable because your stack becomes bloated."

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"The software based controller has high consumption. This could be improved.""It worked well in the beginning but after using it for some time, we found some limitations in terms of compatibility with other software.""There are times when consultants, construction, or building firms need to use Beam but it can be difficult.""My storage use is doubled; if I am creating a one TB virtual machine then my storage policy will take two TB from my cluster.""Adding even more integrations would be an improvement.""The solution could improve the call logging system to HPE, it is a bit tedious.""If you have the need for special hardware like FibreChannel-Cards or such and there is no networked-way around it (such as you could work with USB Dongles via an HW-Dongle-Server of network), you have to use a separate hypervisor.""The management console needs to improve to make it easier for administrators. For example, to be able to reorganize our VMs, folders, and subfolders, similarly as it is provided in VMware. We can sort, manage, and organize VMs, folders, or subfolders in VMware."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix."
  • "The price of the solution is fair and if you want support there are additional fees."
  • "The price of the solution can always be lower. However, the price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "Nutanix AHV is free."
  • "The price of Nutanix AHV is reasonable."
  • "The licensing overall from Nutanix AHV is very good compared to other solutions."
  • "Nutanix AHV is low cost."
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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:To understand which is better - Nutanix AHV or VMware vSphere - you need to do a product comparison. Both products support hypervisors. However, Nutanix supports some of the most popular ones and more… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is manageability.
    Top Answer:We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix. If we were using another product, like VMware, then we would need to have a separate license for the hypervisor.
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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.”

    Nutanix AHV is a secure, enterprise-grade solution for intuitive virtualization and container management. It streamlines operations and simplifies management for all your workloads and environments.
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    Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.
    JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, SAIC Volkswagen
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Outsourcing Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise28%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hyper-V vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hyper-V vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 44 reviews while Nutanix AHV Virtualization is ranked 9th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.4, while Nutanix AHV Virtualization is rated 8.4. 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 Nutanix AHV Virtualization writes "Easy to set up with good stability and good technical support". Hyper-V is most compared with Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas Nutanix AHV Virtualization is most compared with VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE, KVM, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Oracle VM. See our Hyper-V vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization report.

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