Hyper-V - Microsoft's virtualization product
April 30, 2018

Hyper-V - Microsoft's virtualization product

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Hyper-V

Hyper-V is being used at remote locations to run multiple server instances on one physical box. This is being used across the organization at all remote locations. The business problem it addresses is providing a FREE (without system center) way to virtualize your environment.
  • FREE way to run multiple servers on one box
  • Easy to use - Just copy/paste a virtual machine to the box, and get to configuring
  • Integrates with other Microsoft products such as Active Directory
  • Like most other Microsoft products - having to find support can sometimes be challenging
  • Wish there were more ways to interface with the host - i.e. using Hyper-V to see the computer as it boots up
  • Backups are sometimes a challenge - either the virtual machine works....or it doesn't
  • Cost - We've been able to save money by deploying Hyper-V
  • Speed - We've been able to quickly deploy servers at multiple locations
  • Reliability - While the systems have been stable, a concern still exists that if something goes wrong we may have to turn to Google. Or contact Microsoft which isn't always as direct with their support.
If someone asked me to choose between the two I probably would go with VMWare. Maybe it is just personal preference but I am more familiar with VMware, it seems to be used across the industry more widely. We have also had to contact support before and they were helpful. However it all came down to cost, and the organization did not want to pay for it. So we went with Hyper-V.
If your in-house talent is very good with Microsoft products, and comfortable with dealing with problems that come up themselves, and have a tight budget - Microsoft Hyper-V works well. If your company would prefer to have a more reliable support contact - then VMWare may be a better option.

Hyper-V Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Management console
Live virtual machine backup
Live virtual machine migration
Hypervisor-level security