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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I believe IBM Cloud is well suited for individuals who know their product but not so much for cloud strategy. IBM helps us accelerate and plan the cloud journey and allows us to scale. I wouldn't recommend the IBM Cloud if you know how to scale and distribute the servers world wide.
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V scales really well, so if you have a lot of compute capacity (lots of RAM and CPUs) and ample storage, you can run dozens of VMs on a single server. This makes it extremely cost-effective. Throw in Hyper-V Replica, which you don't have to have an identical server to accomplish, by the way, and you can achieve disaster recovery for a fairly modest cost. Note that Hyper-V Replica is not a substitute for backups, because if you have an issue with the primary VM's software, for example, that will be copied over to the replication server. Ditto for altered or deleted files. But for a small- to medium-sized business, Hyper-V represents a robust virtual environment solution with disaster recovery built-in. Large enterprises will likely need to employ a clustering solution for desired system resiliency and performance--Hyper-V Replica is not meant for that. But for the SMB, you're getting a full-featured hypervisor for the cost of the Windows license--if you're going to be running Windows Server anyway, it really makes for an affordable solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.5
Hyper-V
8.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.0
Hyper-V
7.5
Management console
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
Hyper-V
7.8
Live virtual machine backup
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.9
Hyper-V
8.3
Live virtual machine migration
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.5
Hyper-V
8.1
Hypervisor-level security
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.6
Hyper-V
8.1

Pros

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Ease of use - we don't want to spend extra hours trying to figure out a problem
  • Easy Setup - onboarding was simple and quick
  • Great documentation - Most of the answers to our questions are very easily accessible without additional help
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Hyper-V

  • Allows you to dynamically add storage, memory, and networking, all without powering down the VM.
  • You can set VM resources to adjust dynamically in response to what other VMs are doing, including weighting VMs based on the criticality of their functions. This is a great feature to ensure VMs "behave" themselves when dynamic resource allocation is utilized while ensuring that VMs that are spiking in utilization can automatically ramp up their resources to match the load.
  • The Replica feature means you don't have to invest in expensive and complicated clustering technology if your goal is simply to achieve resiliency against hardware failure. Replica works really well, is easy to set up, and can even be placed in a remote location.
  • If you're a Windows SysAdmin, Hyper-V is intuitive to deploy, monitor, and manage.
  • I like that you can specify the boot order of the VMs when you power on the Hyper-V server. You can also stagger the "on" state of each VM so you don't overwhelm the host, and you can specify what happens to each VM after the host reboots.
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Cons

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • I wish it were a bit easier to manage user access.
  • The initial configuration process could be a bit more streamlined.
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Hyper-V

  • For me, checkpoints have been a sore spot over the years. These are system snapshots, where you can roll back the system to a previous point in time if you encounter issues after installing updates, applications, or making changes to the system. I'm using Server 2016 and haven't tried them in this version, but earlier versions created all sorts of issues if you ran into a scenario where you needed to recover a VM. I don't use these, instead relying on Veeam backups.
  • Moving VMs from one server to another could be easier. To be clear, I'm not talking about Replica, but actual VM migration.
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Likelihood to Renew

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Cheap and easy is the name of the game. It has great support, it doesn't require additional licenses, it works the same if it is a cluster or stand-alone, and all the servers can be centrally managed from a system center virtual machine manager server, even when located at remote sites.
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Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Everything is very clearly laid out. Being familiar with vSphere already, it was a quick transition over to the IBM environment. This allowed us to spend less time on the implementation phase and move quickly to actually utilizing the system on a day to day basis. Also, the performance is very good. No lagginess to the website like our previous on-prem environment.
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.5
Based on 4 answers
Hyper-V is intuitive for any SysAdmin that's already experienced with Windows Server. It installs as a service and is managed through a management console (either on your Hyper-V server or from an admin workstation).
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Reliability and Availability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
In the past 2 years our Hyper-V servers have only had a handful of instances where the VM's on them were unreachable and the physical Hyper-V server had to be restarted. One time this was due to a RAM issue with the physical box and was resolved when we stopped using dynamic memory in Hyper-V. The other times were after updates were installed and the physical box was not restarted after the updates were installed.
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Performance

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Hyper-V itself works quickly and rarely gave performance issues but this can be more attributed to the physical server specifications that the actual Hyper-V software in my opinion as Hyper-V technically just utilizes config files such as xml, and a data drive file (VHD, VHDX, etc) to perform its' duties.
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Support

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 7.9
Based on 3 answers
We have had very few instances where we needed to reach out for support, but each time we have the response has been quick. The techs have been knowledgeable and resolved issues in a timely manner
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.3
Based on 5 answers
It would be better if Microsoft offered instant support instead of call-back support, and it would be nicer if it were at no cost, but when you don't need to pay anything for the product, I can understand why they have to charge something. If I could have anything changed in support, it would be faster access to a technician and for support to be based in the US to make some of the communication easier as some technicians are hard to understand due to language barriers.
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In-Person Training

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
No answers yet
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 1 answer
We had in person training from a third party and while it was very in depth it was at a beginner's level and by the time we received the training we had advanced past this level so it was monotonous and redundant at that point. It was good training though and would have provided a solid foundation for learning the rest of Hyper-V had I had it from the beginning.
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Online Training

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
No answers yet
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The training was easy to read and find. There were good examples in the training and it is plentiful if you use third party resources also. It is not perfect as sometimes you may have a specific question and have to spend time learning or in the rare case you get an error you might have to research that error code which could have multiple causes.
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Implementation

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
No answers yet
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure to test the upgrade on a machine with test VM's that are either backed up or are ok to be corrupted in case of failure. Other than that there are few things to worry about
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Alternatives Considered

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

We selected VMware over Azure due to the fact that it was already familiar and still offered the same cloud capabilities that Azure would have gained us. This allowed us to keep using the same interface and not have to relearn everything from start to finish with a new product.
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Hyper-V

On a Mac I have used both Parallels and VMware Fusion - both of which I like a lot, but they are Mac specific (and Hyper-V won't work on a Mac either). I have briefly used VMware Workstation on a PC, and found it very easy to use, but I do not believe it is nearly as feature rich or flexible as Hyper-V is. VMware VSphere on the other hand is a strong competitor to Hyper-V, but I have very little experience with it.
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Scalability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
No answers yet
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Nothing is perfect but Hyper-V does a great job of showing the necessary data to users to ensure that there is enough resources to perform essential functions. You can also select what fields show on the management console which is helpful for a quick glance. There are notifications that can be set up and if things go unnoticed and a Hyper-V server runs out of a resource it will safely and quickly shut down the VM's it needs to in order to ensure no Hardware failure or unnecessary data loss.
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Return on Investment

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • It has a positive impact on the cost required to maintain our vSphere environment by allowing us to get rid of our vsphere hardware and not worry about maintenance either.
  • There have been very few negatives, but one would definitely be the open-ended cost associated with cloud products in general.
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Hyper-V

  • Positive: It saved my client money because they didn't have to provide an entire laptop for me. Instead, they just gave me a USB stick with an ISO file, which I used to load their image on my Hyper-V.
  • Negative: Downtime. I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting connectivity and stability issues within Hyper-V. So although it saved them the initial money of not having to provide a separate laptop, a lot of money was spent in man-hours trying to troubleshoot other issues.
  • Positive: Interfacing with the local system. How a VM interfaces with a local system can often be hit or miss. As an example, I'm referring to how easily it can copy/paste between the two systems. Hyper-V does this remarkably well, and it also handles screen sizing with ease.
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Pricing Details

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Hyper-V

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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