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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is great for any scenario where you need to be upgrading/downgrading your compute power as the app demand grows/shrinks. Because of how the storage system, network system, and security system works under AWS, you can hot swap any server into any given slot. But if you want to customize your servers to the nth degree, then you should just go ahead and purchase them for your network. AWS will never be as customizable as company-run machines, but they will be faster to deploy.
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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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.3
Hyper-V
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.3
Hyper-V
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.6
Hyper-V
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.6
Hyper-V
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.4
Hyper-V
Monitoring tools
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.8
Hyper-V
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.6
Hyper-V
Operating system support
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.4
Hyper-V
Security controls
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.6
Hyper-V

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Hyper-V
8.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Hyper-V
7.4
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Hyper-V
8.0
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Hyper-V
8.4
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Hyper-V
8.2
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Hyper-V
8.0

Pros

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • It is very good as a mainframe, for web projects, webapps, databases, etc.
  • It is the ideal tool for scalable projects, because it is pay-as-you-go.
  • It has a high-speed internet connection.
  • It has a high level of security, and a very useful control panel from the web that allows you to use the console without having to start the instance.
  • It is very versatile and the mainstay for many other functions offered by AWS.
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Hyper-V

  • Switch Manager. Once you get your Hyper-V Manager set up, it is pretty easy to use the Virtual Switch Manager to toggle between different connection types for different VMs. It even allows you to change that switch configuration on a running instance without rebooting.
  • Multiple VMs. It is very easy to maintain multiple VMs, hence the name "Manager" in Hyper-V Manager.
  • Metrics. It is very easy to see the metrics for any specific instance. For example, the allocated memory, checkpoints, security settings, etc.
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Cons

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • EC2 are elastic linux containers to run any application. This is a very good and reliable service. Improvements could be in UI/dashboard and metric presentation. Tools for visualization of cost optimization should be better for users who have lots of applications running on EC2
  • ECS and EKS are being used in docker and kubernetes environments. So more tech companies are use these services than directly using EC2
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Hyper-V

  • HyperV could use better native tools for user to look into VM performance and health. Tools do exist but need improved to be competitive.
  • Errors and Warning could be more visible in the Management View. Things like High CPU, Network peaks and Memory should be able to pop to the front when there is an issue.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.5
Based on 4 answers
It is very easy to configure new virtual machines and manage them. But you have to use different interfaces to perform various tasks. Especially as soon as it comes to clustering you have to use at least two different interfaces (Hyper-V Manager and Failover-Cluster Manager) to perform all necessary tasks. The newly released Windows Admin Center is a way into the right direction to get all management tasks into one single interface.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 8.5
Based on 6 answers
AWS's support is good overall. Not outstanding, but better than average. We have had very little reason to engage with AWS support but in our limited experience, the staff has been knowledgeable, timely and helpful. The only negative is actually initiating a service request can be a bit of a pain.
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.6
Based on 7 answers
It is standard Microsoft technology, that is bundled, even with Windows 10 Pro! Anyone can use it, spool a VM and explore the benefits of virtualisation. The enterprise version, bundled with Windows Server is even better, as it offers advanced functionality, for example, real-time VM migrations, failover cluster, ease of use, reliability (for the most part) and, did I mention it is absolutely free (as part of your existing licenses)? I would recommend it to anyone exploring virtualisation, as the initial investment is very low and is overall a great product.
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In-Person Training

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Heroku: Really they are an AWS reseller. This can make the initial setup a lot easier but means that you can be limited when it comes to wanting to integrate with other AWS services that they haven't implemented as yet.Linode: Very similar virtual cloud provider, but found that they would frequently have large technical issues or outages and be unable to explain what had happened which did not build trust.
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Hyper-V

We use VirtualBox for non-production environments and pre-production testing because it's free. In our experience, we are not confident in VirtualBox for a production environment. On the flip-side, VMware is overkill for our needs and is too complex for our small I.T. dept to manage. Hyper-V is right in the middle. We already have it via existing licenses and it has a familiar feel to anyone who has used Microsoft's server operating systems.
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Scalability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • AWS has had a very positive return on investment for every client we have that uses it. They are saving money in the long run.
  • AWS includes the underlying operating system licenses with their EC2 instances so no longer do we have to navigate through Microsoft licensing headache.
  • EC2 allows us to easily create a golden image of servers and store them as AMIs. This makes spinning up new servers that need a particular set of software in the future extremely easy and cost-effective.
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Hyper-V

  • Being able to use one higher powered machine to then virtualize a multitude of other machines has definitely saved on hardware costs. The exact amount, however, is difficult to calculate.
  • Initial setup of Hyper-V can be time consuming, and setting up individual VM's is more time consuming than setting up a real machine. However, once the initial setup is done, overall time costs are lowered.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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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