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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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Score 8.9 out of 101

Hyper-V

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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

I've found that while EC2 and AWS might mean initially more setup than purchasing compute resources through a reseller it makes life much easier down the line as you have more control over your instances and other resources. This also ends up that it will cost more dev time up front but less money in comparison.It's also possible to fine-tune your AWS spending whereas I've found this difficult with AWS resellers in the past.
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Hyper-V

HyperV is well suited for most environments. Most system engineers or business owners can take advantage of the quick learning cycle with the product. There are a lot of online resources available. It is a great functional, low cost and viable solution. Small Business or Enterprise can adopt this technology without much concern. If your Virtual Machines have a requirement to be hosted on a Linux based host then perhaps you should use a competitor software versus HyperV, but I have not seen this as an issue very frequently.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Hyper-V
8.2
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
7.7
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Hyper-V
8.4
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Hyper-V
8.7
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
Hyper-V
8.3

Pros

  • Great variety, there are different classes of EC2 instances that fit various purposes.
  • Robust integration with rest of Amazon ecosystems using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Ability to customize the instances at OS level.
  • Snapshot backup service. Since the production database with 50GB of data needs to be backed up with minimal downtime, we relied on the EC2 snapshot service for storing backups and it was a breeze. With about a minute downtime every day, we now have tested, reliable backups that would not have been possible otherwise.
  • Ability to add different volumes to the EC2 instance. This ties in with the previous point of adding a separate high speed SSD data volume for storing data and backing up that volume on a day to day basis.
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  • Hyper-V is both fairly easy to learn while being robust in its capability of taking one physical server and turning it into multiple functioning systems for user consumption.
  • One of the gigantic strengths of Hyper-V is the fact that it is included with Windows Server.
  • When used in conjunction with Windows Clustering, Hyper-V goes from just being a virtualization product to also being a Disaster Recovery product. Setting up multiple hosts in a cluster, if all of them have the capability of hosting all machines at once, allows one to know that if one host goes off line the other hosts will pick up the slack and keep the virtual instances running.
  • Since Hyper-V is free and a MS product there is copious free support for it on the web. Most issues and questions can be dealt with just by doing some searching.
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Cons

  • The UI is cumbersome and confusing
  • The API is usually reliable but hard to rely on at scale - spawning a machine via API sometimes just hangs
  • Online support is borderline non-existent. If something goes wrong, you're probably on your own.
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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
We are a partner with Microsoft and are very integrated with their products and it would be difficult to move away from them since 90+% of our software is from Microsoft.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

When it comes to AWS EC2, the technical aspects are about equal to many of the other cloud services, but where AWS EC2 shines at is its management, and growth capabilities. You can start your web based business using AWS for literally zero start-up costs: you use the same Amazon account you use to order office supplies and your laptops, click a button, and start renting servers that only cost what you ACTUALLY use, which is really revolutionary for the data industry.
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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
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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

  • We were able to use the trial version for EC2 hosting at a very cheap rate. After evaluation when we realized it met our requirements we got the instances deployed for our web apps. Apart from the initial learning curve, we think this was the right approach for us since it is extremely reliable with an amazing up-time.
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  • On the plus side, when having a datacenter license, you can very quickly create a virtual Microsoft environment.
  • When you want to run SQL databases on it and have multiple Hyper-Vs you pay double which makes it less interesting from a ROI point of view
  • Our dev department was helped by setting up a rather cost-saving solution to test their work on before using it in production.
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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
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Hyper-V

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