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Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines

Easy way to utilise development of applications inside of the MS eco-system. Also enables integration into a pre-existing billing structure on Microsoft cloud
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

A specific scenario where Hyper-V is well suited would be for environment testing purposes. Let's say you want to learn or test a new OS for a product or just for learning purposes. You are able to boot up this OS in just a few mins on Hyper-V and then begin working, testing and learning with no money out of your pocket. You don't have to go out and build or buy a new PC (assuming your current PC has enough memory and CPU usage for a single VM.).I do not think there is a scenario where this would not be appropriate. This is not really a piece of software that you need to install to do other things. If you are enabling Hyper-V you are using it to create a virtual environment. The only time you really wouldn't use this is if your application would be better off running in a docker/container setup.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Azure Virtual Machines
7.9
Hyper-V
7.8
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Azure Virtual Machines
7.4
Hyper-V
7.5
Management console
Azure Virtual Machines
7.1
Hyper-V
7.3
Live virtual machine backup
Azure Virtual Machines
9.4
Hyper-V
8.2
Live virtual machine migration
Azure Virtual Machines
7.6
Hyper-V
7.8
Hypervisor-level security
Azure Virtual Machines
8.2
Hyper-V
8.0

Pros

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Testing and developing
  • Maintaining small and medium databases
  • Maintaining low and medium traffic web servers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • Checkpoints are the easiest in Hyper-V. Creating them on live systems, restoring a system to a previous checkpoint in seconds and maintaining the one you were just using in case you have to go back to it again.
  • Controlling the resources is extremely useful in Hyper-V as opposed to other solutions that have basic tools only. With Hyper-V you can assign specific number of cores of CPU, or amounts of RAM, and you can set these dynamically with a type of "importance" for each VM, so that if one VM is more essential than a 2nd one, but both are trying to consume 100% of the CPU/RAM, you can designate which server has the most importance and Hyper-V will give it the resources over the 2nd one.
  • Replicas are required! If your Hyper-V host dies, your company dies. If you have a Replica Hyper-V Host, you are in good shape! Spinning up a replica server can be done automatically when the primary VM fails, or manually to give you a chance to modify IP/MAC/HostName/etc. This can be done in seconds and have your company up and running again in moments versus days!
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Provisioning of the VM becomes slow while adding a customized script.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines

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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.
Tim Starkenburg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Azure Virtual Machines

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Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Azure Virtual Machines

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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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Azure Virtual Machines

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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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines 8.7
Based on 3 answers
I give the overall support for Azure Virtual Machines a 7 because I think while the overall support do a great job there are still areas that it could improve on such as efficiency and speed. So while I only give it a 7 and it has some issues it is still better than the overall support at Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.2
Based on 18 answers
The largest reason for this rating is due to the Microsoft pay for support model. If the user has an active support agreement with microsoft then the support is good with timely responses and support personnel who will work the problems to completion. The knowledge bases are very large and difficult to search. There are a large number of resources available. Microsoft licensing models make it difficult to properly license environments.
James McCullough | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
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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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
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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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
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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
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure VM is more complicated, but provides the same scale of services
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
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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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Virtual Machines

  • The pay as you go model helps saves cost.
  • We segregate the virtual machines in different resource groups and hence can setup auto shutdown as per their type and requirement.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure Virtual Machines

General

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

Azure Virtual Machines Editions & Modules

Edition
Spot - General Purpose - Av2$0.0051
Spot - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.01041
Spot - General Purpose - Dv3$0.01251
Spot - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.0161
3 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00381
3 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.03071
3 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.03691
3 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.04811
1 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.07531
1 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00591
1 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.05481
1 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.051
Pay as You Go - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00751
Pay as You Go - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.08461
Pay as You Go - General Purpose - Dv3$0.0961
Pay as You Go - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.1261
  1. Per Hour
Additional Pricing Details

Hyper-V

General

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

Hyper-V Editions & Modules

Edition
Developer$24.951
Bronze$49.001
Silver$89.001
Gold$135.001
Platinum$199.001
  1. Per Month
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines
7.9
Hyper-V
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
10.0

Usability

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
9.0

Performance

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
9.0

Support Rating

Azure Virtual Machines
8.7
Hyper-V
8.2

In-Person Training

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
8.0

Online Training

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
9.0

Implementation Rating

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
10.0

Scalability

Azure Virtual Machines
Hyper-V
9.0

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