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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.1

    Hyper-V

    81%

    VMware Horizon

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

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    7.8
    78%
    58 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    7.8
    78%
    70 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    8.5
    85%
    62 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    8.1
    81%
    65 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.0
    80%
    65 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Hyper-V is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • VMware Horizon is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Ease of integration, Product Scalability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Hyper-V

    87%
    71 Ratings
    8.5

    VMware Horizon

    85%
    34 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    6 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware Horizon

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.3

    Hyper-V

    83%
    7 Ratings
    9.0

    VMware Horizon

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware Horizon

    100%
    1 Rating

    Performance

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware Horizon

    100%
    7 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Hyper-V

    79%
    30 Ratings
    8.1

    VMware Horizon

    81%
    20 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    1 Rating

    VMware Horizon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Horizon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    5.0

    Hyper-V

    50%
    5 Ratings

    VMware Horizon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Horizon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    7.0

    Hyper-V

    70%
    1 Rating
    8.7

    VMware Horizon

    87%
    3 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    VMware Horizon

    100%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Horizon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Horizon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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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    VMware

    VMware is well suited to a business where there will be many remote users needing to connect to the companies desktop. The installation on a remote computer is simple and is easy to use remotely but can be complicated to set up on the back end on the office system. It may not be worth the effort for a company that has few people who need remote access.
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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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    VMware

    • It provides a robust, secure, rich desktop environment that is able to access all internal network resources.
    • Addresses security and compliance concerns as all data resides within the internal network. All data accessed stays within the internal network and does not need to traverse a VPN to the local desktop where it may be cached, etc.
    • The connection is thin client that does not require large amount of bandwidth.
    • Client application is available for all common devices and O/S’s.
    • No need to install, configure and maintain applications on local desktop.
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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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    VMware

    • Move away from Adobe Flash version in UI, currently on the path but they need to hurry up
    • Speed up the boot process of the environment when servers need maintenance
    • Provide clear steps on what should be upgrade path in terms of components, the order
    • price! A bit too much
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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

    VMware Horizon

    Starting Price

    $0 per year

    Editions & Modules

    VMware Horizon editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Standard$3,116.001

    Footnotes

    1. per year

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    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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    VMware

    We are committed to VMware Horizon and we plan to stick with it for the future unless something drastically changes.
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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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    VMware

    VMware Horizon is very easy to use. It is very easy and quick to log in remotely. It is very easy to install remotely. It is usable easily on many different operating systems. It is easy to set up which tools are available to each remote user so that each user has just what they need to perform their work without any extra tools cluttering up their space or bogging down the 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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    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    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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    VMware

    Performance is excellent of you provide the needed hardware to support the sessions/connections. Pages load very quickly at the client end as the thin client application does a very good job and requires very little bandwidth. All applications function well, as they are running on a session on an internal server that is accessing data directly on the network
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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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    VMware

    It is surely way better than Citrix, but it could improve a bit. Usually, they send us the solution without saying what was the root cause so we can avoid breaking something in the future. Besides that, VMWare support answers in an OK time-frame and even speaks our language (Portuguese).
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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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    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    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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    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    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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    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    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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    VMware

    Although I really prefer Microsoft Remote Desktop for accessing Windows servers (from Windows machines especially), and this can be done from off-site with a VPN, this entails much more effort, namely getting everyone's Active Directory in the correct group to have access. VMWare Horizon is a much simpler solution in terms of granting access. Chrome Remote Desktop and TeamViewer are really not viable solutions for remotely accessing servers in business settings, although they work alright for home servers and such, especially from off-site.
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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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    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    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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    VMware

    • Saved money on PC purchases.
    • Save a lot of man hours by not having to image new PCs. We just create one Template VM and clone the others from that.
    • Bit of a learning curve to get the deployment right for the environment.
    • Ability to make sure VMs always turn back on once they are shutdown. This speeds up load times for users.
    • Less management for our PCs. If one gets a virus or something corrupts we just refresh it and within 5 minutes the user is back to work.
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