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Hyper-V

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Scale Computing Platform

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Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.2

    Hyper-V

    82%

    Scale Computing Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Hyper-V ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    7.9
    79%
    59 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    8.0
    80%
    71 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    8.5
    85%
    63 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    8.2
    82%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.1
    81%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Hyper-V is rated higher in 1 area: In-Person Training
    • Scale Computing Platform is rated higher in 12 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Hyper-V

    87%
    72 Ratings
    9.6

    Scale Computing Platform

    96%
    216 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    6 Ratings
    9.4

    Scale Computing Platform

    94%
    22 Ratings

    Usability

    8.3

    Hyper-V

    83%
    7 Ratings
    9.4

    Scale Computing Platform

    94%
    38 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Hyper-V

    79%
    30 Ratings
    9.4

    Scale Computing Platform

    94%
    379 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    1 Rating
    1.0

    Scale Computing Platform

    10%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    5.0

    Hyper-V

    50%
    5 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Configurability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    7.0

    Hyper-V

    70%
    1 Rating

    Scale Computing Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Microsoft

    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.
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    Scale Computing

    Scale Computing seems to be a good solution for small to medium size organizations. I can't speak to large organizations and how well it supports scaling with their resources. For our case, we considered VMWare, HyperV, Scale, and others. We were initially going to choose Hyper-V; however, with the rumors of it being discontinued, we with Scale due to its price and ease of management.
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    Pros

    Microsoft

    • 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.
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    Scale Computing

    • Customer support and service is outstanding.
    • Updates and upgrades are hassle-free with no downtime.
    • No need to worry about hardware, BIOS, drivers, firmware.
    • Outstanding handling of snapshots with thousands of snapshots possible with almost no disk cost and no IO costs. We snapshot each VM every hour and keep snapshots for 48 hours and 2 weeks.
    • REST API can be used to create your own reports and scripts.
    • The Hypervisor just runs. No downtimes since it was integrated 2 years ago.
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    Cons

    Microsoft

    • 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.
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    Scale Computing

    • One of the things we have to do is manage a group of virtual drives that are attached to our Windows servers. With growth, we find that we need to increase the size of some of these drives. The method used by the HC3 system is cumbersome. I will say that I believe that this has changed in the latest firmware upgrade we did, but I haven't had a need to try it since we did the upgrade recently.
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    Pricing Details

    Hyper-V

    Starting Price

    $24.95 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Hyper-V editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Developer$24.951
    Bronze$49.002
    Silver$89.003
    Gold$135.004
    Platinum$199.005

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Scale Computing Platform

    Starting Price

    $0 Per Node

    Editions & Modules

    Scale Computing Platform editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    HC1200$8,5001
    HC1250D$15,1702
    HC1250$9,6653
    HC1250DF$16,7504
    HC5250D$25,7005

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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    Likelihood to Renew

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    Since I have had no issues with downtime; easier management of my cluster and the ability to lower the number of devices in my Infrastructure, I will gladly renew my support contract with Scale Computing HC3 and upgrade my equipment with them when it comes time for it.
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    Usability

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    Everything you need to do is point-and-click easy. If you are the kind of admin who wants to edit every config file and endlessly customize your environment, then Scale may not be for you. On the other hand, if you just want it to work really well, and do what they told you it will do, then Scale is the ideal system.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    Never had an outage or an error. Once a hard drive failed, but Scale kept on working flawlessly without interruption.
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    Performance

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
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    Support Rating

    Microsoft

    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.
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    Scale Computing

    Scale support has been great; the initial setup was done over a series of scheduled calls, they really hit the nail on the head with their onboarding process, and everything was written out so you were ready to go once your next call started. Kudos to the Scale Support Team and their continued service!
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    In-Person Training

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    I did not do in-person training.
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    Online Training

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
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    Implementation Rating

    Microsoft

    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.
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    Scale Computing

    The implementation was very easy. We had Scale support on standby and they were ready and eager to help if needed. The process went so fast the employees in the organization did not even know it was done.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft

    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.
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    Scale Computing

    To be honest hyper-converged infrastructure products dramatically show improvement from start up. Providing a single pane of glass management is important in any of these HCI products. I like any/all of the HCI products I've worked with thus far.
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    Scalability

    Microsoft

    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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    Scale Computing

    HC3 is one of the best products I have purchased for our district. It is unbelievably reliable to the point that they shoot themselves in the foot on support contracts.
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    Return on Investment

    Microsoft

    • 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.
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    Scale Computing

    • 0% downtime or loss of revenue due to downtime.
    • The simplicity of testing backups in a live environment in the event of a technical catastrophe.
    • Ease of mind and a lot less stress worrying about a raid system within a standalone server dying in the middle of the night.
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