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.
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.
"One of the most valuable features of Hyper-V is ease to use."
"The interface is quite good."
"Hyper-V's technical support is good - they're responsive and sort cases based on criticality and category, so they get dealt with quickly and by the correct team."
"The initial setup is very easy."
"The solution is highly stable."
"The solution is very powerful, easy to use, user-friendly, and integrates well with Windows. If you are looking for a hundred percent Microsoft environment it would be a good idea to go with Hyper-V. They work wonderfully together."
"I have found the GUI user-friendly and having the solution be a Windows application makes it familiar to users."
"The replication, creation, and import wizard, as well as the integration with reporting tools, are the most useful features."
"I definitely like the stability, performance and ease-of-use."
"There are no issues with the level of scalability you can achieve."
"The most valuable feature of vSphere is its modularity. I also like the maturity updates. It's available everywhere and almost all the data centers are using it."
"It is the number one virtualization-layer platform available, and a lot of people trust it."
"The fact that vSphere is an on-premise solution is beneficial for the user. It's easier to manage the infrastructure. It's more straightforward to scale and configure virtual machines."
"The ability to monitor resource utilization."
"The solution is user-friendly and easy to manage."
"The virtualization, the remote management user interface, and the web console are most valuable."
"The product can be a bit difficult to use."
"Hyper-V could improve by making it easier to manage."
"The solution is heavily reliant on Microsoft's active directory for authentication, for coordination between nodes. Therefore, it inherits all the issues that are within the active directory."
"When it comes to Hyper-V the worst thing is it's based on the Windows operating system. For the installation of Hyper-V, you're supposed to install the right operating system. For me, it's strange."
"Hyper-V requires improvement with manageability."
"We would like to have a cloning function added to this product."
"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."
"Sometimes there's a bit of slowness in the VMs."
"The solution is stable. However, it could improve by being more secure."
"The solution should offer more integration capabilities."
"There should be more stability in the updates. They had an issue with the last release."
"Technical support could be faster in terms of response times."
"Without a lot of physical RAM on the hardware, it's not very effective. The stability could be improved in cases like this."
"The licensing costs for the solution are quite high."
"On the older version of VMware vSphere, possibly version four, we had a feature that allowed us to backup Ziploc machines. It has not been available in the newer version such as six or seven. I have been looking for another solution to accomplish the backups but they should bring back this plugin-type tool to allow older backup capabilities."
"There needs to be more integration overall. That would be quite helpful."
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
Hyper-V key features:.
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 a powerful and complete server virtualization platform that allows its users to create and manage virtual data centers and machines. VMware vSphere is designed to help IT departments set up and run applications using the most cost-effective computer resources. By using vSphere, organizations save the time and energy necessary for purchasing infrastructure and software and reduce ongoing maintenance and operational burdens on IT teams.
Infrastructure administrators and network operators can access and manage the vSphere server by using a web-based cross-platform client application or via the vSphere client tool provided with vSphere.
VMware vSphere provides visibility into VMs and enables its users to carry out operations to manage VMs. This includes tasks such as:
VMware vSphere Benefits
Some of the benefits of using VMware vSphere include:
VMware vSphere Features
Below is a list of some of VMware vSphere’s key features:
Reviews from Real Users
VMware vSphere stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. A few major ones are its virtualization abilities, its flexibility and availability, and its user-friendly interface.
Felix D., an Automation project administrator, DCS, I&E at Centennial Cayman Corp, writes, “The connectivity is fantastic, and many functions can run together in one server. If you need to scale, we can continue to add components or modules. It's a beautiful virtual solution that has many advantages over physical hardware, where you have to use devices and wiring to connect all your projects.”
Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 47 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 109 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.6, 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 "Strong performance, works well with large infrastructures but it is quite expensive". Hyper-V is most compared with Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, Oracle VM VirtualBox, KVM 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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