Hyper-V: Free with Datacenter
March 07, 2019

Hyper-V: Free with Datacenter

Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Hyper-V

Hyper-V was used across the enterprise at my previous job. It consisted of a three-host cluster with over 1TB ram and 200TB of production storage. It also included over 200 VMs running Windows Server 2016 RD Datacenter.


  • Hyper-V is better than having a lot of physical boxes and hardware.
  • Hyper-V is priced well; meaning if you buy a Datacenter center license its free for unlimited, the standard is up to 3 VMs.
  • You can buy single VM licenses to add to standard in lieu of Datacenter license. I think the cost equals out after 8 single VM purchases, so if you plan on running more than 8-10 VMs you may want to look at Datacenter.


  • Hyper-V is behind the curve in terms of live migration. I feel that the winner for this is VMWare.
  • This is a Microsoft based program, so getting support on it can prove more difficult than others. More than likely you'll get quicker support from your reseller.
  • Hyper-V was awful in 2008, it started getting better in 2012 and was pretty good in 2016, but still inferior to VMWare.
  • We have had Hyper-V crap out and we could not find out why it happened. There are a lot of unknowns.
  • To a company with a limited budget that is looking to P2V to save on hardware and electrical cost, while lowering their datacenter footprint, this is a good option.
  • Cheaper than VMWare and hyper-converged.
VMWare is superior to Hyper-V in a few areas. Live migration is much easier and better with VMWare, but VMWare is more expensive and you're subject to yearly maintenance and licensing fees.
If you have a limited budget, this will be a tossup with KVM Open Source Hypervisor.

Hyper-V Feature Ratings

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


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