Hyper-V is the happy middle point
May 17, 2019

Hyper-V is the happy middle point

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

Overall Satisfaction with Hyper-V

We're a small IT operation in the higher education industry. We use Hyper-V as our primary production-grade virtualization tool. While it may not be as feature-packed as other options, it does what we need. At the end of the day we're just trying to virtualize infrastructure, and do not even need fancy high availability tools or near-real time replication. Just run more servers on less physical hardware.
  • Windows Server Virtualization
  • Windows Server Configuring
  • Uptime
  • Microsoft Licensing is Complicated
  • Harder to configure real-time migration
  • Focus on Microsoft products, support is weak for non-Microsoft systems
  • Hyper-V has been cost effective for us. It is wrapped into our existing licenses.
  • We've been allowed to deploy new VM's faster because we already have the core server in place.
  • On the negative side, with all the off the shelf VM's for VMware, we have to deal with imports/conversions.
We use VirtualBox for non-production environments and pre-production testing because it's free. In our experience, we are not confident in VirtualBox for a production environment. On the flip-side, VMware is overkill for our needs and is too complex for our small I.T. dept to manage. Hyper-V is right in the middle. We already have it via existing licenses and it has a familiar feel to anyone who has used Microsoft's server operating systems.
In education Hyper-V is still the best bet. In our case, it's included in our regular Microsoft licenses. VMware is a whole different issue when it comes to licensing and adds significant cost in our situation. The hardware requirements are also different for VMware. The big question is what you need versus what the virtualization software company wants to make you think you need.

Hyper-V Feature Ratings

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