Microsoft Hyper-v pluses and minuses
April 22, 2020

Microsoft Hyper-v pluses and minuses

James McCullough | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Hyper-V

Hyper-V is used in our environment for test and development environments as well as VDI infrastructure. Hyper-V is used as a lower-cost alternative to VMWare that can be installed and used on our existing Windows infrastructure. The infrastructure is used primarily by our development team.
  • Lower cost
  • Virtualization of Windows servers
  • VDI infrastructure of Windows desktop
  • Flexible
  • Networking
  • Managability
  • Add-on tools
  • Flexible, able to handle multiple workloads.
  • It has compatibility with Windows.
  • Cost of licensing the product in comparison to other alternatives.
  • Setup is sometimes confusing and VMware knowledge does not always translate well.
Hyper-V performs very well in environment running windows operating systems and performs well under various workloads. The replication and recovery features of hyper-v work well but lack some of usability of tools such as Zerto, VMware replication and site Recovery Manager to perform tasks such as disaster recover testing. The user interface of hyper-v combined with Microsoft failover clustering can be very confusing and difficult to validate. this can cause unintended outages due to misconfigure items such as cluster-aware storage.
The largest reason for this rating is due to the Microsoft pay for support model. If the user has an active support agreement with microsoft then the support is good with timely responses and support personnel who will work the problems to completion. The knowledge bases are very large and difficult to search. There are a large number of resources available. Microsoft licensing models make it difficult to properly license environments.

Do you think Hyper-V delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Hyper-V's feature set?

Yes

Did Hyper-V live up to sales and marketing promises?

No

Did implementation of Hyper-V go as expected?

No

Would you buy Hyper-V again?

Yes

Hyper-V is well suited for virtualization of Windows Server workloads as well as virtual desktop infrastructure. It also works well for building of development and test environments at a lower cost. Hyper-V is less appropriate for environments running multiple operating systems including linux and Apple OSx.

Hyper-V Feature Ratings

Management console
5
Live virtual machine backup
8
Live virtual machine migration
8
Hypervisor-level security
7