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2018-11-15T07:11:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Hyper-V?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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AB
Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2022-07-01T14:48:24Z
01 July 22

The pricing is a function of how many cores you have or how many processors you have. Since we're a Microsoft partner and use tools to create and maintain the software that we sell subscriptions to, we get very attractive pricing. If whatever their counterpart to the vCenter licensing weren't an issue, it would probably be 20% of what we pay for VMware. When you add the vCenter, counterpart back in, however, it comes to be probably 80%-85% of what you actually need. The last 10% or 15% is where it gets pricey. That's a lot to cover for us to do unless there's some other serious functional advantage - and our guys haven't seen that yet.

Shashika Rathnayaka - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at OAK integrated System Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-17T18:39:11Z
17 June 22

I'm not sure of the exact pricing of the solution. The cost may be a bit higher than VMware, however.

Rouben Amirthasawmy - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at Sun Resorts
Real User
Top 5
2022-06-16T13:53:44Z
16 June 22

Hyper-V is free-of-charge.

FA
COO at FA IT SERVICES PLC
Real User
Top 20
2022-03-29T16:01:13Z
29 March 22

We pay a one-off licensing fee. The cost is competitive.

DO
Managing Director with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-02-02T22:05:30Z
02 February 22

There is a license to use this solution and it is an annual purchase.

Muzamil Yakub - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Infoview Limited
Real User
Top 5
2022-01-12T15:23:05Z
12 January 22

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

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JK
Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-01-12T15:15:14Z
12 January 22

I think Hyper-V is much cheaper for a small or medium-sized business. If the customer is running VMware and using Windows Server, we still have to purchase a Windows Server license plus the VMware license. Hyper-V will be cheaper if it's just a small deployment for one or two virtual machines.

RM
Director Of Services Nicaragua at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-12-22T18:44:00Z
22 December 21

Licensing needs to be a lot easier to manage with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware is easier.

KE
IT Director at HOMELAND TECHNOLOGY GROUP, LLC
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-21T12:58:00Z
21 December 21

There's no annual cost for the Hyper-V server version 2019. If you add up the other solutions we have on there, it totals up to around $3,000 a year.

JS
Associate designer
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-07T09:26:00Z
07 November 21

With Hyper-V, you don't have any issues about making license payments as it's a Microsoft product.

OR
Manager, Information Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2021-11-02T18:35:33Z
02 November 21

I think I'm okay with the cost. There are no monthly or yearly costs or additional costs.

ZA
IT Infrastructure at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2021-09-23T17:22:12Z
23 September 21

We purchase the license from Microsoft. We renew the software assurance every three years.

LM
Technology Solutions Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2021-08-12T18:14:46Z
12 August 21

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.

MD
Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-07-20T14:05:10Z
20 July 21

There is a perpetual license to use the solution and there are additional fees for support.

TC
Solutions Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-07-02T16:48:03Z
02 July 21

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.

DB
IT & Security Team Leader at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-06-08T18:51:00Z
08 June 21

I think Microsoft is a little better in pricing. But as I said, I'm not a pricing person, and I can't speak with great confidence on that. But in general, Microsoft is a little lower than BMI.

Aws Al-Dabbagh - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-20T09:51:21Z
20 May 21

The costs in regards to upgrading the solution are quite high and it deters customers from changing versions. The old solution in 2012 was charging at a cost per server and the pricing was good at the time. In 2016, Microsoft upgraded the licensing, or changed the licensing scheme to per CPU within the server. Basically, if we wanted to upgrade to 2016, we would have had to pay double again for the same software. Therefore, we decided to go with another solution. The solution offers perpetual licensing.

Liam Lynch - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-04-28T19:33:29Z
28 April 21

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.

Ahmed Gamil - PeerSpot reviewer
PreSales Manager at UC-Solutions
Real User
Top 5
2021-04-07T13:46:16Z
07 April 21

If you have the standard edition of Windows server then with each copy of the operating system, you have two virtual machines for free. If you have a Windows Datacenter license then you have unlimited virtual machines for free. This is much better compared to ESXi or VMware, where each virtual machine requires its own license. In the Windows Datacenter, you can have as many as you want.

TM
Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-02-20T13:53:50Z
20 February 21

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.

RameshDasari - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Tech Mahindra Limited
Real User
Top 20
2020-12-02T14:59:00Z
02 December 20

Microsoft Hyper-V is not expensive and is easy to set up.

Thendo Ndzimeni - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Automated Outsourcing services
Real User
Top 20
2020-07-28T06:50:15Z
28 July 20

The licensing is good for a data center environment.

AK
Project Engineer at ASE Group Global
Real User
2020-07-05T09:37:55Z
05 July 20

The solution is not as expensive as other options, for example, specifically VMware.

CS
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2020-06-17T10:55:00Z
17 June 20

It's included in the windows, so not it's very expensive.

Morne' O'Kennedy - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead specialist at OKCIUS (Pty) Ltd
Real User
2019-07-18T11:04:00Z
18 July 19

Do not immediately think of massive SANs and expensive servers. Instead, start small then evaluate and test properly to understand how workloads are treated. Microsoft, with Server 2019, gives you a massive number of tools to do this cost-effectively.

Javier-Arrocha - PeerSpot reviewer
Oficial de comunicaciones at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-01-20T07:09:00Z
20 January 19

The pricing and licensing is fine.

BB
CTO at MEDWIZ SOLUTIONS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-01-10T08:22:00Z
10 January 19

The Hyper-V pricing and licensing are very good.

DB
System Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2018-12-19T09:00:00Z
19 December 18

The pricing and licensing is pretty good.

A.J. DiLorenzo - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Administrator at Privia Health
Real User
2018-12-12T10:23:00Z
12 December 18

I wish the licensing was simpler and allowed for a greater number of VMs with the Microsoft standard licensing. Overall I think it's fair. The pricing is definitely fair.

Youssef EL HADJ - PeerSpot reviewer
System and Network Administrator at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
2018-12-10T08:29:00Z
10 December 18

The price is quite fair. It is not too expensive.

PeerSpot user
Network Administrator II at a maritime company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-12-05T11:33:00Z
05 December 18

I do not have experience with pricing or licensing of the product.

MT
Program Architect (Microsoft) with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-26T07:07:00Z
26 November 18

This product costs less than other competitor products on the market.

Jarek Słupiński - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelancer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2018-11-25T07:59:00Z
25 November 18

The licensing of this solution is quite easy because the basic server of Hyper-V is free because it is included in the server license.

SS
Assistant Manager - IS Infrastructure
Real User
2018-11-25T07:59:00Z
25 November 18

In terms of the licensing, if you are using Microsoft Windows 100%, it is okay, but, when you start mixing other environments it becomes quite tricky.

AH
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
2018-11-25T07:59:00Z
25 November 18

I think it is expensive. I think if they want it to be more competitive, they should lower the price.

PeerSpot user
Head of Department for IT Services at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
2018-11-25T07:59:00Z
25 November 18

We have an agreement with Microsoft so this came with the solution. The pricing is okay for us.

PeerSpot user
System Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

I do not have experience with the licensing of the product.

PeerSpot user
IT Executive at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

I use the free version of Hyper-V.

YA
CTO for Pydynamix
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

The pricing is not an issue for us because we have a licensing agreement with Microsoft. So we are given an 80% discount.

AriGreenbaum - PeerSpot reviewer
IT at a non-profit
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

The licensing is pretty straightforward.

Ignacio Salom - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Principal Consultant at CCE
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

The pricing is competitive, and a bit less than other options on the market.

it_user947223 - PeerSpot reviewer
Technician at Computer Geeks
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

The pricing isn't too bad, because you can do the bare metal hyper-visor, and it is pretty fair. Other competitors are more expensive.

SO
Sr. Programmer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

It is free for us so that was a prime factor for choosing this solution.

MS Alam - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets
Real User
2018-11-18T07:31:00Z
18 November 18

The pricing is not much. We have a very big environment, and pricing is no problem. We did not spend much time looking at other products, though.

SS
User at hadafq8
Consultant
2018-11-18T07:31:00Z
18 November 18

We chose this solution because of the pricing and the simplicity of the product.

Real User
2018-11-18T07:31:00Z
18 November 18

Microsoft should have not required a data center license for the new feature of Storage Spaces Direct. There is a new feature that comes with Hyper-V called "Storage Spaces Direct" What that storage does, it allows you to use the storage in host A and use the storage in host B, and make them work together like they're one shared storage array. The computers don't know that they're putting data on server A or B. To them, it looks like one big pool of disks. Before, we used to have to buy a separate storage array, external to the servers, and tie the servers to that array. But this new feature that comes with Hyper-V let's us use the storage inside the servers, it saves money. But Microsoft tacked on a higher price for their software to use that feature, and that was just terrible. We would be using that feature more if it did not demand a data center license.

KW
Interim Director of Technology at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-15T07:11:00Z
15 November 18

I do not have any comments about pricing or licensing of the product.

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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 can run on anything. It is extremely scalable, stable, and very user-friendly. Proxmox VE allows users to easily create virtual machines. It is based on Debian Linux, using KVM. Proxmox is a young solution and there are still some bugs to work out. When you need technical support, there is a cost, and this can add up quickly. There are some things in Proxmox VE that need a command-line interface. We think it would be better if it were more a web-based interface. The initial setup with the Hyper V is very simple. It is a Microsoft product so it works seamlessly with all Microsoft products, and does very well with other solutions as well. The Hyper V is a great end-to-end solution that has an amazing fail-over feature, which helps minimize downtime and maintain productivity. Hyper V can have some stability issues; your stack can become bloated easily. The scalability of this solution really depends on the licensing you purchase. If you are looking to scale up or down you will need to purchase the data center license, which can get expensive. Conclusion: If you are looking for a Hypervisor strictly from a cost of ownership point of view, Proxmox VE is the solution to choose. It has many of the same features as other products at a very competitive price. We chose Hyper V, as we are deeply committed to the Microsoft ecosystem and we were also looking for some management solutions that Proxmox does not offer. We also found the fail-over feature very important to many of our clients’ needs.
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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 and came in Windows 8 as well. Free because they had a special SKU dedicated for virtualization called Hyper-V-Server. It had a limited footprint through a core installation (no GUI) to minimize updates it would need. But that was until the Windows Server 2019 release. With the new release line named "2022", they dropped that SKU altogether. Microsoft now proclaims you should use their Azure-Stack-HCI solution which is a paid offering with a subscription. That in itself is no bad thing as it would work pretty well (did not try myself but read about it). Alas, you will have to pay for that. Another downside of Hyper-V is the management capabilities and requirements: You have to use Windows to manage that (which you probably already use anyway) but you have to use at minimum the same OS version your Hyper-V is running on. So if you have Hyper-V Server 2016 you have to use Windows 10 as a minimum (expect to have the same feature built as the server 1607). On the other hand, there is KVM free on most (if not all) Linuxes. There are even free offerings like Proxmox VE with a full package to use it as an appliance, manage through a browser, and such. Way more straightforward than Hyper-V. Citrix Xen Server is also a great solution to get you started with virtualization. Commercial solutions are also out there to deliver to more production-inclined needs. One is Nutanix AHV which uses KVM at its core. See my article about that for more information.Personally, I used KVM in private projects and some test scenarios at work. We use AHV at work and it is perfectly running there. I also have a Hyper-V running with a few VMs for a small shop which works great. You have to settle with some limitations but I will switch that away from Hyper-V because of that mess they made with 2022 (I don't want to pay for a thing I have used for free after 10 years. besides said shop is a non-profit). I'm just waiting for the next hardware refresh. So yes, I think KVM is better and not only because it is still free.
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