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Executive Summary
Updated on April 28, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions report that the initial setup and deployment is straightforward and fast.

  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    Hyper-V users report that it performs well and is user-friendly but utilizes a high amount of memory and resources.

    VMware VSphere users say it is flexible and easy to use and has good virtualization, and fast data recovery. A few VMware VSphere users say that the solution should improve its security and monitoring features.
  • Pricing: Hyper-V users agree that it is a low-cost solution, whereas most VMware VSphere users feel it is an expensive product.

  • Service and Support: Most users of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of the support they receive.

  • ROI: Both Hyper-V and VMware VSphere users are satisfied with the ROI.

Comparison Results: VMware VSphere is the winner in this comparison. It is easy to deploy, reliable, robust, and has excellent customer support. Hyper-V does come out on top in the pricing category, however.

To learn more, read our detailed Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere report (Updated: September 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: VMware vs. Hyper-V - Which do you prefer?
Answer: HyperV. I am using HyperV past few years without any problems, before I used VMware. In my last two companies I migrated the infrastructure from VMware to HyperV. One big reason is the cost. VMware is still very expensive. HyperV is coming for free. If you have budget , it is nice to buy system center and then manage it with VMM but if you are too small for System Center you can buy third part HyperV manager for example 5 nine which is very cheap compare to system center, I am using now and it is great. HyperV works perfectly fine if it is setup right way. If someone says that their hyperV environment is going down every month, you better check your configuration. VMware is much easier to spin up and configure. You will need spend more time to understand the Hyper V configuration.
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"I like that Hyper-V comes for free with Windows Server. You don't need to buy the license, and you only have to pay for the management aspect in System Center.""One of the most valuable features of Hyper-V is ease to use.""I like that it's easy to use.""The most valuable features are ease of use, and it gets the job done in a straightforward manner.""The most valuable feature is that it's an end-to-end solution.""The most valuable feature of the solution is the storage virtualization.""The solution has good scalability.""Microsoft's a good name for legacy support and solutions"

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"It is very stable and scalable, and implementation is straightforward as well.""Reduces downtime.""The initial setup is easy.""The solution is easy to use, has high performance, and good virtualization.""vRealize Operations Manager is the most valuable feature, but it is not embedded in vSphere; it is a part of vSphere. It is used for forecasting and checking the consumption of CPU, memory, and other resources. It has the capability to do the forecast based on the history and give advice on consumption. VMware vSphere is easy to use and easy to implement. Its learning curve is not sharp. Any engineer with little or medium knowledge of hypervisors and virtualizations can implement vSphere with a few clicks.""The product is very easy to install.""VMware vSphere is easy to scale. We haven't had any problems scaling what we're scaling now.""The scalability is good."

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"One of the network problems I face is I cannot introduce other security layers on top of Hyper-V as you can in VMware. When it comes to the network the VMware is more flexible than Hyper-V.""VMware has antivirus protection that covers the entire VM. If Microsoft could have something similar to this in Hyper-V, that would be great.""The technical support is good but it could improve by being faster.""The management of Hyper-V could improve, there is a lot to improve in that area.""In an upcoming release, they can improve by having better cloud integration. We are all moving towards the clouds and the integration is only through the Azure Stack, there should be tools built in to move the VMs natively to the cloud and infrastructure. Additionally, they could provide some form of multi-cloud integration.""In general, based on my little experience with Hyper-V, I see a lot of obstacles. I think it falls behind the other competitors.""Hyper-V could improve by making it easier to manage.""I also use VMware which I find to be more scalable and stable overall."

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"The installation is complex and you need to have a good understanding in regards to what you are doing when you are setting it up.""The improvement is more from a licensing perspective rather than from a feature functionality perspective. There could be more flexibility and fewer model options to make it easier to sell. Today, there are so many different options available, and sometimes, it is not really clear which one is the right version or the right model to propose.""They must work on the price, as well as the technical support.""The reporting could be improved.""I recommend that VMware vSphere continue to release more features.""I'm using vSphere at a high level. Sometimes, I find it challenging to integrate different networks, but I think it's just my lack of knowledge.""The solution is quite expensive.""One problem that needs fixing is when we run the backup for the servers, the servers become inaccessible to everybody on-site while it is creating a snapshot."

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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 expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
  • "I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper."
  • "Pricing is a little bit on the higher side, compared to other products."
  • "Container support is the last great addition for VMware and it is worth the money you spend on it."
  • "The license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts."
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    Answers from the Community
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    it_user94212 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user94212 (Engineer)

    It depends. I would say both for the present. I cannot avoid using both anyway. Most of the security apps I use require a vmware hypervisor whereas hyper-v serves better for the microsoft apps.

    Chris Thibeau - PeerSpot reviewerChris Thibeau
    Real User

    I have been working with proxmox vm's and so far they are great. Not to mention other alternatives like xen server. A lot more options (and less expensive) then the big 2 hyper-v and vmware. make sure to include these options when making a decision.

    Andrew S. Baker (ASB) - PeerSpot reviewerAndrew S. Baker (ASB)

    I support smaller organizations (SMB) and Hyper-V has a compelling business case there. Not just in cost, which is obvious, but in complexity. Hyper-V, especially in 2012R2 and 2016 editions, has all the core features that most small and medium businesses will need, without the cost or complexity that VMWare can bring.

    As you add more features, or look for a larger ecosystem for support, VMWare continues to have advantages over Microsoft, but the gap is narrowing.

    Clearly, the growth of Azure helps Microsoft's virtualization efforts.

    Chris Childerhose - PeerSpot reviewerChris Childerhose
    Real User

    As most have said there are a variety of different things you need to consider when choosing a hypervisor. Both VMware and Hyper-V have their strengths and weaknesses as well they have matured significantly over the past 3-5 years. Hyper-V is catching up to VMware in many aspects but is still not fully parallel in features.

    I have used both but not the latest 2012R2 Hyper-V as I used 2008R2 version. I currently administer 2 large clusters of VMware and think if you are a large enterprise with multiple sites then VMware is the way to go. When you get in to the SMB and Medium sized businesses then it all depends on what you are looking for in the way of features, etc.

    In the end comparison and evaluation are the best methods to choose the product that is right in your situation because it is different in most companies.

    it_user380502 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user380502 (Principal Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

    I have used VMWare since version 1.0 when it ran on top of Windows, Hyper-V (2008r2 and 2012-r2), Parallels Viruozzo and Citrix Xen. There are several factors that I consider, and cost is not always the leading factor.

    1) the types of VM's I need to use
    2) Disaster recovery and backup, including other servers that are not virtualized
    3) skill set of admins and the future plans of the organization
    4) needs for downtime and how to mitigate scheduled and unscheduled downtime
    5) overall performance
    6) ability to expand/grow solution.

    Case in point. A former client brought me back to take over their IT director role three years later. (Dec 2012). I inherited a three host ESXi running 4.1, without a SAN and one host being AMD processor (other two were Intel). There were a host of issues as the environment was not maintained properly.

    Move forward to June 2015. The AMD host was rebuilt as a Windows 2012-r2 server running StarWind iSCSI SAN and exposed 4TB as secondary SAN storage. A Dell MD3220i unit was added as primary SAN storage. The total number of hosts grew to 7 (seven), two Dell R620's (144GB RAM), 3 Dell R710's (120GB, 120GB, 96GB) at the data center, with two more R710's at the main office.

    Total storage grew from 6TB (totally utilized) to more than 16TB, all hosts running ESXI5.5 (with 6.01 update planned). Total VM's grew from 80-90 to 140+. Full HA at the data center. Use of all of the nice vCenter tools including Update manager. Replication of critical VMs' to the data center or the main office for DR. Most of the other VM's were development servers and DR was not a huge issue with those systems.

    I had zero downtime upgrading from 5.1 to 5.5. With 5 hosts in the data center, in an emergency, critical functions could be run on 3 hosts. I could not do this as easily with Hyper-V and maintain a cross section of Ubuntu, CentOS and W2008r2, 2012-r2 guests running.

    I prefer Citrix for VDI over VMWare. My only reasons to use Hyper-V are for cash strapped organizations or not-for-profits that have strict cost controls.

    it_user78465 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user78465 (CEO at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees)

    Citrix Xen all the way!

    it_user189318 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user189318 (User at a comms service provider)

    I've used both. vMware definitely has a more stable solution, but Hyper-V has growed in the last 5 years and now is so mature as vMware. The first Project that I implemented, around 2003/2004 with Virtualization it was Vmware ESX Server on a 3 servers IBM xSeries Clustering Infrastructure. Later, when Hyper-V becomes free, I swapped to Hyper-V but had lots of problems, mainly with VM's becoming frozen and unresponsive. I abandoned Hyper-V on Production Systems, but as it was cheap (free), I used that environment on Test and Development Services. Production were in VMWare Clustering and T&D on Hyper-V Clustering. Later I migrated the vMWare Clustering from Clustering Dell branded Servers to an Oracle UCS infrastructure with vMWare (vSphere now it's 5). At my opinion, for T&D and Temporary Servers/Services, Hyper-V is a good solution for your budget. But VMware conquered me through the Experiences I had in the past.

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    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.”

    VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

    Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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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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    Outsourcing Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Comms Service Provider27%
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    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business31%
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    Large Enterprise45%
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    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 44 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 134 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.4, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. 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 VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Hyper-V is most compared with Proxmox VE, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, KVM, Nutanix AHV Virtualization and RHEV. See our Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere report.

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