Enterprise Level Virtualization
June 05, 2018

Enterprise Level Virtualization

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Hyper-V

We use Hyper-V (Windows Server 2016) to host our internal virtual server infrastructure. At the moment we use 4 Servers in a cluster to serve all our internal workloads. In addition, we consult our partners and customers in planning and implementation for Hyper-V as the virtualization platform. With Windows Server 2016 especially in combination with hyper-converged infrastructure with Storage Spaces Direct.
  • fast and easy deployment
  • clustering with live migration
  • direct integration in the OS
  • manageability (Windows Admin Center will solve this in future releases)
  • monitoring of virtual machines performance
  • licensing physical server with Windows Server Datacenter also includes Windows Server licenses for virtual machines (unlimited)
We're a Microsoft Gold Partner and build solutions based on Windows Server. So it was for us internally not a real option to use another virtualization technology as Hyper-V to host our internal infrastructure. As most of our internal infrastructure servers are based on Microsoft Windows Server we stay also at virtualization level within the Microsoft Ecosystem.
Well suited:
  • Virtualization of internal infrastructure
  • Virtualizing Windows OS
  • SQL Server hosting

Less appropriate:
  • Hosting Linux web server farms

Hyper-V Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
8
Management console
7
Live virtual machine backup
8
Live virtual machine migration
9
Hypervisor-level security
6

Using Hyper-V

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.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
None
  • windows GUI Integration
  • integration into Windows Admin Center
  • full Powershell support for managing the infrastructure
  • no wizard based selection of vCPU Cores
  • no default monitoring overview for virtual machines (without Windows Admin Center)