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IT Infrastructure at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Adequate support, easy installation, scalable, and stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The performance is very good."
  • "Failure capabilities are insufficient for disaster recovery."

What is our primary use case?

Hyper-V is a virtualization layer. We use it for all of our applications.

What is most valuable?

The performance is very good.

What needs improvement?

Failure capabilities are insufficient for disaster recovery. Better disaster recovery is required.

The technical support is adequate but it could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Hyper-V for 11 years.

We are working with the 2019 version. Version 2022 has been released, and we intend to update it next year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Hyper-V is a stable product.

In our organization, this solution is used by more than 1,200 people, and that number will increase to more than 1,500 users next month.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution.

How are customer service and support?

In my experience, support is normal. If I were to rate them, I would give them an eight out of ten. 

When you contact technical support, you will speak with a level one representative, who has less knowledge than level two and level three representatives.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I was using VMware, but it was a bit costly compared to Hyper-V.

I also question why I should pay for the virtualization when I was getting it for free with Hyper-V. 

With a Data Center license, such as the Windows Data Center license, Hyper-V is essentially free. That is why I switched to Hyper-V; it met 90 percent of our requirements.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It is very easy to install.

It took me two to three days to complete the design and installation.

We only need one administrator to keep this solution running.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the installation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We purchase the license from Microsoft.

We renew the software assurance every three years.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely, I would recommend this solution.

I would rate Hyper-V a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up and offers language options beyond English but can be difficult to use
Pros and Cons
  • "The interface is quite good."
  • "The product can be a bit difficult to use."

What is our primary use case?

We provide services, such as virtualization, website hosting, and some infrastructure services. We provide all the services to the public companies.

What is most valuable?

The product is a great option for enterprise-level organizations.

The solution comes in many languages. We can have it set up in Portuguese, for example. 

The interface is quite good.

The setup is pretty straightforward. 

What needs improvement?

The product can be a bit difficult to use. I find, for example, Citrix to be much less difficult. 

For how long have I used the solution?

It's hard to calculate how long we've used this solution. It's been a while. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also work with Citrix. In my opinion, Citrix has the more complete online material.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. It's not a difficult process. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was not involved in the acquisition of the solution, so I do not have exact details about the pricing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a public company, a government company, and, due to legislation, most of the time, we can't simply choose a vendor. If we need to acquire a contract solution, we make a technical study where the features are evaluated and the final specifications are always based on features, not on vendors, or manufacturers.

What other advice do I have?

We are service providers. We don't provide products. We are implementors. 

In this company, we work mostly with on-premise solutions, such as hypervisors. For example, the Microsoft Hypervisors, Citrix Hypervisors, et cetera. Here in the company, we don't use exactly cloud solutions, or not entirely cloud. We use many hybrid solutions. 

We didn't exactly choose this product. It was more a question of legacy. We've just kept using it over time. When I came to the company, they were using it, and we've continued to do so.

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A good end-to-end solution that is easy to set up, but it's not completely stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is that it's an end-to-end solution."
  • "It's not completely stable because your stack becomes bloated."

What is our primary use case?

Hyper-V acts as the hypervisor for our virtualization platform. We are using it on a three-tier infrastructure and it manages our VMs that store our files and applications. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's an end-to-end solution.

What needs improvement?

It's not completely stable because your stack becomes bloated.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Hyper-V since 2008.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it is okay but not great. I'd say that it works but it's not perfect.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Hyper-V is limited when it comes to scalability. If you have a data center license then you can scale up or down, or use the main virtual machines on the server. However, if you have a normal, or standard license, you can only run two virtual machine instances.

We have approximately 1,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not had much experience with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used vSphere but we switched because VMware costs a lot and we have a small environment.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and initial setup are very easy. It takes about five minutes to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it ourselves. We have three people in our team for deployment and maintenance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing fees are paid for as a package with the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. We have to pay for our data center licenses.

This is a fairly expensive product because it balances the needs of security.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this product is not perfect but it works. At this point, we have not yet decided how long we will continue using it. This is something that we'll decide, moving forward.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Chief Executive Officer at Infoview Limited
Real User
Top 10
A hardware virtualization product that comes free with Windows Server, but management could be more straightforward.
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use Hyper-V for data center virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

Hyper-V has improved our organization by enabling consolidation, high availability, disaster recovery, backups, and more. It makes it all simple.

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

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. Performance can also be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

We used Hyper-V from 2008 to 2019.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Hyper-V is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Hyper-V is a scalable solution. 

How are customer service and support?

I haven't used Microsoft's technical support much.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used Citrix and VMware. I would say VMware is simpler for the deployment side of it. Hyper-V is also easy to deploy, but you need to set it up as a role.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup and installation are straightforward. The deployment time depends on the hardware. It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to half an hour. One engineer can implement, manage, and maintain this solution.

What was our ROI?

It's free with a Windows license, but you can say that there is an ROI in separating workloads.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Hyper-V is free when you buy Windows Server. You only have to pay for engaging in the management aspect in System Center.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Hyper-V for small-scale users with one or two VMs. 

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Hyper-V a seven.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Jarek Słupiński
Freelancer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
We can use hardware resources much more efficiently.
Pros and Cons
  • "I think all of these improvements are going in a good direction. For me, its direction is good and I'm very satisfied with this product."
  • "I am using this solution with E-Notes. I heard that there will be future improvements in integration of the E-notes systems. This would be very helpful."

What is our primary use case?

Two main x3650M3 servers with 192GB and 96GB RAM. Primary case was Active Directory infrastructure (actually three DC's), file repository, main MS SQL Server and couple of applications servers.

Additionally remote access thru Desktop Services, management (nVision), central AV (ESET), software routers. In short - whole bunch of different servers and different operating systems Windows Server and desktop, different flavours of Linux, even FreeBSD).

What is most valuable?

Creating virtual machines is really straightforward. Possibility of changing virtual disk size is very helpful. The simplicity of the interface can be confusing because it really provides some advanced options.

What needs improvement?

I am waiting for improvements in networking and life migration. Some networking settings could be less cryptic.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have never had any stability problems caused by Hyper-V for over five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I am very satisfied with the scalability of Hyper-V. I'm using up to eight virtual machines on single x3650 M3

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money. To be honest for free.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward. It was easy and fast. It took me between a half  to an hour for complete deployment. The most complex part is the networking.

What about the implementation team?

In-house. To be precise by myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is fairly easy because Hyper-V itself is free.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Citrix Xen, but this solution has become too expensive.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Tommy Myo Min Aung
Senior System Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Highly stable, simple installation, and helpful support
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is highly stable."
  • "The solution could improve by having virtual restore."

What is our primary use case?

In our environment, we have a special custom configuration for the Hyper-V switches we use. We have a full-scope VM in our environment and especially for certain Cisco configurations, such as the spam folder in the Hyper-V. It is really difficult to configure from scratch. In this scenario, the agent is really helpful for us, for the restoration. The community edition provides a free, low-cost package solution.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having virtual restore.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Hyper-V for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have ten hosts that use the solution.

How are customer service and support?

The support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously used VMware and Citrix Xen.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is simple, and it took us approximately 45 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation myself. There is only one senior engineer required for support of Hyper-V.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing costs depend on the environment you have. If you have an environment of less than 10 or 30 VMs, It's nice to have a Hyper-V, but if you have more than 100 or 200, I would recommend using VCenter, VMware virtualization, especially for an on-premise solution.

What other advice do I have?

VMware virtualization is our main solution, but we use Hyper-V because of the licensing and the cost-effective solution, and on the remote offices we only have fewer than 10 servers.

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Hyper-V a nine out of ten.

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IT Infrastructure Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
A scalable and user-friendly native hypervisor
Pros and Cons
  • "I like that it's easy to use."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for anything like production and everything we're running on right now.

What is most valuable?

I like that it's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Hyper-V for four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It could be more stable. We faced a lot of issues on the backup site.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Hyper-V is a scalable solution. We are a global center, and we use Hyper-V across 22 countries.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use VMware vSphere.

How was the initial setup?

It is a straightforward implementation. If you want to put Hyper-V as a single load, it will take about one to two hours. If you want high availability, it will take approximately four to five hours.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I have been using VMware and Hyper-V. Comparing the two, I love to use VMware more than Hyper-V. However, I would recommend this solution to potential users.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Hyper-V an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Technology Solutions Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Priced well, integrates with Microsoft product, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "Hyper-V integrates well with other Microsoft solutions."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We supply Hyper-V for hardware virtualization to customers.

What is most valuable?

Hyper-V integrates well with other Microsoft solutions.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Hyper-V for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had any issues that we would need to contact the support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously used VMware solutions.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

The cost of the usage is dependant on the customer's requirements and if the virtual network is flexible or not. Since VMware is more flexible it can become superior but not cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise customers that are Microsoft users to use Hyper-V if they want to have more cost-efficiency. Additionally, if the customer uses a lot of Windows Server for the guest OS, I will recommend Hyper-V.

I rate Hyper-V an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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