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Which virtualization platform would you recommend to a healthcare company with 1000-5000 employees?

User at Visiting Nurse Service of NY

Hi community,

I'm working at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees.

Please let me know which virtualization software (Oracle VM, Azure VM, Microsoft Hyper-V, Google Compute Engine, VMware, ...) would you recommend for my organization? 

Please let me know why would you choose the suggested solution.

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66 Answers

StevePham - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I am not sure what workloads you're planning to run on the virtualized platform - databases, SAP, Hadoop, etc. But VMware vSphere is a great virtual platform to run (mixed of different types of workloads). 

It is simple to deploy and maintain. 

Do you still have 3 tiers of traditional infrastructure? Network Storage and Compute? Do you plan to implement HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure)? 

Chris Childerhose - PeerSpot reviewer
ExpertTop 5Real User

As most have mentioned already, this will depend on various things like workloads, requirements, budget, etc.  

Of the list mentioned above, VMware will be the most recommended due to how advanced they are compared to the other vendors in the virtualization world. 

Hopefully, you can make the right decision from the help given here.

Oan-Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

I would straightaway recommend Microsoft Azure Platform where recently we have moved similar healthcare workloads quite relentlessly. For more information, you can go through my article on Microsoft Azure on PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station).

Rafael Ramirez - PeerSpot reviewer

Consider Linux KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) as a solution. There are many management front ends that are free to use. KVM itself is used internally by AWS, Oracle and Google for their own cloud VMs so that should give you confidence in its ability to scale and be used in production. Aside from that, KVM comes free with Linux (Oracle Linux - not so for RedHat which has CPU based license costs).

If you are using Oracle Linux (no license reqd for production), you can use KVM directly for the VM server hosts and the free Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (just download using yum) as the front end and you are all set - just be sure you have shared storage among the KVM hosts (using converged servers with 10G+ fiber switches or else conventional shared storage server).

Oracle VM is already deprecated. Hyper-V and VMWare has a license cost per CPU and you are restricted to the vendor for support and fixing of bugs. KVM is an open source solution, you can rely on community or paid support (comes with Oracle Linux support) but has no license costs to use even for production.

Mir Gulzar Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Well, need more details, however... If you're only concerned about a Server-based Virtualization selection then VMware is recommended.

For VMware Lic selection & count, make a right-sized hardware selection. This is very critical to get a collectively cost-effective solution.

Shortly, to get the benefit of VMware socket-based Lics, try to reduce # of servers... you need less # of VMware Lics... buy high compute servers instead.

VMware is recommended as it is far advanced Virtualization technology, simple deployment, management, and maintenance; it is costly though and to cut the cost... a possible way forward is explained above.

Oan-Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User


If you are looking for on-premise VMware would suffice most of your requirements.

However,  if you are allowed for Cloud I would recommend to select Microsoft Azure.

I have recently locked the on-premise Data Center to Azure for one of the Healthcare providers in Dubai.

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