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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.1

    Hyper-V

    81%

    VMware Workstation Player

    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 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
    • VMware Workstation Player is rated higher in 3 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Ease of integration
    • Hyper-V and VMware Workstation Player are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Performance

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Hyper-V

    87%
    71 Ratings
    7.6

    VMware Workstation Player

    76%
    9 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    6 Ratings
    8.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    80%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.3

    Hyper-V

    83%
    7 Ratings
    8.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Hyper-V

    79%
    30 Ratings
    9.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    90%
    2 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    1 Rating

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    5.0

    Hyper-V

    50%
    5 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Configurability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    7.0

    Hyper-V

    70%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    VMware Workstation Player

    90%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Workstation Player

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    VMware Workstation Player

    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 will work great for the following test scenarios:
    • Testing windows updates on a system
    • Testing a new software or a new software version
    • Creating a sandbox to test options/features of an OS
    • Creating different VM to test a software on different OS without the need to have physical machines for all of them
    You can also use it as a "player" only where you have that static VM that you run from time to time as with my use for SAS University. Whenever you need to use the software, you simply start that VM.
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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

    • VMware Player is easy to use.
    • VMware Player supports a wide variety operating systems.
    • Unity mode makes it easy for the end user to utilize needed legacy applications while maintaining their familiar Host OS desktop. It's seamless to the point where the end user doesn't know they're running applications from a VM.
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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

    • Would be nice to use more VMs at once, but this is basically trial software, so it's hard to fault them.
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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 Workstation Player

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware Workstation Player editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      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

      I give a rating of 8 because VMware Player has its use cases, for example it requires the host OS to be logged in, and the VMware Player application to be opened and the Guest VM started. Only one VM can run at a time. I'd give a 9/10 to VMware Workstation because you can run shared VMs at startup without logging in or starting the workstation application. and i'd give ESX a 10/10 because ESX is the leader in enterprise visualization.
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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

      Great product. Its user-friendly GUI and overall performance are really the biggest strength of this tool. The reason why I don't give a higher note is because of the price. Although it's decent (starting at around $200 for a license), there is a good free alternative in VirtualBox. Not everyone values friendly GUI as something worth paying for. For people that are more tech-savvy, I would recommend looking into VirtualBox as they might actually like the model better (with downloadable add-ons and packages).
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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

      Integration isn't really relevant here but I see this question more as an OS compatibility for the VM. They state that they support over 200 different OS versions. I honestly have never tried anything else other than Ubuntu and Windows myself but nonetheless, this is impressive. I have not hit any limitation in my use of this software in terms of limitation or conflicts with other software.
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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

      VMware support is very knowledgeable on their products, eveything from AirWatch to ESX clusters. VMware is easy to contact, they stay in touch and see the issue through to the end and a final resolution. They keep you up to date on your issue status and don't leave you waiting for answers.
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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

      Installing the application was easily completed on the twenty computers that needed VMware Player. Once those 20 users were configured we copied our virtual machine template to the 20 users and turned on their newly provisioned virtual machines. We then configured unity mode so the user could easily work from within the virtual machine from their host desktop.
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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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      VMware

      Both free, VMware supports USB 3.0 while VirtualBox does not. VMware supports nested hardware-assisted virtualization while VirtualBox does not.
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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

      • A positive impact is that it require little to no funding to use.
      • Negative impact is that because it is free it can be hard to get support.
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