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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

We are currently exploring alternative hosts - likely a direct partnership - collocated or dedicated. We like the predictability of a monthly fee, a service partner to call in case of crisis, and pushing the resource scaling responsibility back to a partner who is eager to scale down but contractually obligated to scale perfectly.
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Hyper-V

Well suited:
  • Virtualization of internal infrastructure
  • Virtualizing Windows OS
  • SQL Server hosting
Less appropriate:
  • Hosting Linux web server farms
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Hyper-V
8.1
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
Hyper-V
7.7
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Hyper-V
7.8
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.0
Hyper-V
8.2
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Hyper-V
8.6
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
Hyper-V
8.2

Pros

  • It's a very easy task to fire up an EC2, even for first-timer education. Launch a free account, pop into EC2, and follow the prompts.
  • Snapshots and Images are particularly nice, fast and easy to work with. I've had my entire catalog erased by mistake, and been able to restore content within minutes.
  • Access to data is right there - you have root access to your virtual machine, no clunky interfaces, no negotiation with hosts for resources.
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  • Checkpoints - used on a daily basis many times, we would be lost without this functionality.
  • Flexibility - Hyper-V manages its hardware demands seamlessly distributing memory across the guest machines without compromising the guests or the host.
  • Ease of administration - Tied into the Windows OS (Server and 10 now) it is very easy to get a virtual environment running.
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Cons

  • Dependency on the product - major outages leave you in a tough spot.
  • Cross-region communication - complex to setup
  • Networking is less flexible compared to other providers
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  • Hyper-V Manager - our main Hyper-v server (for test VMs) has many virtual machines on it, and we find managing more than a handful of machines in the Hyper-V manager can become a little cumbersome.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Hyper-V9.1
Based on 3 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)10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
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Hyper-V8.0
Based on 2 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

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Hyper-V9.0
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

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Hyper-V9.0
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)3.0
Based on 1 answer
I have faced that level of support.Our many query were unanswered for few days and costed us a lot.
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Hyper-V8.9
Based on 2 answers
There is a lot of online support with Microsoft Technet that is available to everyone. It answers a lot of questions and allows a forum for users to ask customized questions where other users can share their experiences and knowledge. Since we are a Gold partner our support level is higher than normal and allows us a more direct path for support issues.
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In-Person Training

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Hyper-V8.0
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

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Hyper-V9.0
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

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Hyper-V9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Compared to other IaaS providers such as Google Compute Engine, EC2 stands out due to its ease of use, good performance, and low price.

Lately, Google Compute Engine seems to have improved noticeably, but we stack with EC2 for the trust and quality that has generated is in the last 6 years.
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Hyper-V being 'free' was the main reason we went for it here. We gave VMware Workstation/Server a try when initially evaluating virtualisation options, but Hyper-V won out for ease of integration into our existing environment. VirtualBox was more of a 'plug in' solution which in our opinion didn't have a place in our systems - although some developers still use VirtualBox locally, most prefer to use Hyper-V.
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Scalability

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Hyper-V9.0
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

  • Positive Impact - ROI increased since switching backup solutions to our own hosted on EC2. We were paying a 3rd party subscription for their backup software and storage space. Now we have purchased a perpetual license for backup software, re-branded it as ours and have saved month-over-month on costs.
  • Positive Impact - No need for customer support because everything inside of EC2 is self serve. A great learning experience and can work at your own pace to implement/troubleshoot.
  • Negative Impact - Time to inception was a little slower than we'd like. Learning curve for Amazon's products and how to use them.
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  • Cost - We've been able to save money by deploying Hyper-V
  • Speed - We've been able to quickly deploy servers at multiple locations
  • Reliability - While the systems have been stable, a concern still exists that if something goes wrong we may have to turn to Google. Or contact Microsoft which isn't always as direct with their support.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Hyper-V

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