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Score 8.4 out of 100

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Feature Set Ratings

  • Azure Virtual Machines ranks higher in 1 feature set: Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization

8.3

Azure Virtual Machines

83%
8.2

Hyper-V

82%
Azure Virtual Machines ranks higher in 4/5 features

Virtual machine automated provisioning

8.4
84%
23 Ratings
8.0
80%
60 Ratings

Management console

8.0
80%
21 Ratings
8.0
80%
72 Ratings

Live virtual machine backup

8.4
84%
19 Ratings
8.5
85%
64 Ratings

Live virtual machine migration

8.5
85%
16 Ratings
8.2
82%
67 Ratings

Hypervisor-level security

8.2
82%
16 Ratings
8.2
82%
67 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Azure Virtual Machines is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Hyper-V is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Azure Virtual Machines

87%
23 Ratings
8.6

Hyper-V

86%
73 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Hyper-V

80%
6 Ratings

Usability

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3

Hyper-V

83%
7 Ratings

Availability

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.4

Azure Virtual Machines

74%
3 Ratings
7.9

Hyper-V

79%
30 Ratings

In-Person Training

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Hyper-V

80%
1 Rating

Online Training

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
5.0

Hyper-V

50%
5 Ratings

Product Scalability

Azure Virtual Machines

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines

Complex tasks in Azure VM can be done easily as it can be scaled whenever required and also since the cost is very low, it can still be auto-de-scaled whenever required, thus saving huge physical cost burden. Other scenarios based on my experience when Azure Virtual Machines is well suited are when Load Balancing is required, During Backup, Restorations, and location Preference. Sharing of any File or Uploading by accessing internal SharePoint network locations is made flexible.
Md Imtiaz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Because Hyper-V is a Microsoft product and based on Windows OS, creating virtual Windows servers and clients are easy. When we want to test our group policies it it best to do it on hyper-v environment then implement to production clients. The same goes with operating system quality and features updates as well as operating system upgrades.
Taner Imamoglu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Azure Virtual Machines

  • When demand is high, we scale the service out, eg During a Football Match.
  • When a football match is over and the throughput of data from OPTA drops we save by the service scaling back in.
  • Our App Service Plans along with the Clean C# code are lightening fast giving a good customer experience.
  • When producing the TV Guide information and a program overruns its scheduled time, a client can instantly be updated to the new programming schedule as our change is instant and its in the right place for all the clients to download and adjust their television guides appropriately to send out to the public giving a 24x7 uptime service that is precise and accurate and resilient to outages due to failover zones around the world.
Allan Allitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • Easy to use GUI - very easy for someone with sufficient Windows experience - not necessarily a system administrator.
  • Provisioning VMs with different OSes - we mostly rely on different flavors of Windows Server, but having a few *nix distributions was not that difficult.
  • Managing virtual networks - we usually have 1 or 2 VLANs for our business purposes, but we are happy with the outcomes.
Borislav Traykov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Pricing can be a concern if you are truly agnostic to which cloud you are building your particular solution in.
  • The UI, as is the case with any cloud provider, is crowded.
  • As with any cloud provider, it can be difficult to tune in exactly the right amount of servers for your needs...you might find yourself under/overprovisioning.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • The only issue I have with Hyper-V is I am unable to use Veeam on my Windows 2016 Server to backup my FreeBSD HAProxy VM.
  • There is some sort of checkpoint issue that I have been unable to figure out, but it works just fine on my Windows 2012 Servers. I do believe this is a Microsoft issue and not a Veeam issue though.
  • Another thing that could be useful that Hyper-V does not have would be some sort of GUI that shows the status of all the VM's on a given server to help us manage them easier and know what is going on. However, I do have Zabbix for this and that does a good job at monitoring all my servers.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure Virtual Machines

General

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

Starting Price

$0.0,038 Per Hour

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

Starting Price

$24.95 per month

Hyper-V Editions & Modules

Edition
Developer$24.951
Bronze$49.001
Silver$89.001
Gold$135.001
Platinum$199.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 6 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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.3
Based on 7 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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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 7.4
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 7.9
Based on 30 answers
Hyper-V is greatly supported by techs around the world. There are tons of forums, help websites and individuals ready to answer questions. I've never needed to contact Microsoft for help...because help is so easy to find out there. Do a search online for anything related to Hyper-V and you will certainly find an article with spelled out steps on how to do what you are looking to do.
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Azure Virtual Machines

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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Azure Virtual Machines

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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 5.0
Based on 5 answers
initial configuration of hyper-v is intuitive to anyone familiar with windows and roles for basic items like single server deployments, storage and basic networking. the majority of the problems were with implementing advanced features like high availability and more complex networking. There is a lot of documentation on how to do it but it is not seamless, even to experienced virtualization professionals.
James McCullough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines have a very good interactive and robust bonding with Azure API Management. The pre-integrated APIs help us to a very huge extent by serving our use cases. We have never faced any issues or errors while working with Azure API Management. The API response and the API request processing have very less delay and this helps us in providing faster resolutions to our users and customers.
Abhinavan Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

While many have additional features or lower overhead the ease of use and low-cost licensing make Hyper-V our preferred choice for most clients. And because we are mostly a Microsoft shop and it is built on Windows when we need to troubleshoot the hypervisor itself we already have the needed skillset with very little additional training and no need to learn an additional OS like Linux.
Brian Cook | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Azure Virtual Machines

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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Virtual Machines

  • It's so easy to spin up new instances, that it becomes also to easy to have to many of them to manage. Many teams end up with a couple of hundreds of VMs after a short while, making the whole thing very hard to maneuver
  • Azure VMs are the next step for us to rely on Onprem servers, and leaving the management of the infrastructure to the professionals
  • The ease of use, is also important when our main focus is to deliver new applications and integrations fast, and not having to worry about infrastructure. We sell bottles, not CPUs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • Hyper-V has provided for an extremely cost-effective virtual environment with disaster recovery. For the size of our business, it's all we need to ensure our desired level of continuity of services and protection against hardware failures.
  • Since we are a Windows shop, deploying Hyper-V means we don't have the added cost of a hypervisor, since it's included in the cost of the Windows Server license. It's all we needed to achieve our goal of running all our virtual machines on a single server with another, less expensive server on tap for replication and failover.
  • We wanted easy deployment and management with disaster recovery while having the ability to leverage our years of Windows SysAdmin experience. Hyper-V fit the bill.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

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