Will Microsoft Hyper-V ever be as good as VMware?

Posted on 2011-05-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Will Microsoft Hyper-V ever be as good as VMware?

I've used and supported both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware.

VMware is currently and clearly so much better than Microsoft Hyper-V.

Will Microsoft Hyper-V ever be as good as VMware?
Question by:Knowledgeable
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    Never say never, but in my opinion 'no', they won't. They are so far behind the curve that virtualization will always (IMO) be a trailing technology for MS.

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Both are very good products, I think it depends if you are a Microsof or VMware house.

    VMware does have a head start on Microsoft, formed in 1998, and has spent much time devoted Soley to Virtualisation, with Datacentre and Desktop virtualisation products.

    But, more and more vendors are now entering the market, that they've had for many years to themselves, competition is tough, Citrix Xen is being used more by Datacentres for Cloud.

    But, looking at the number of questions on EE, VMware is very popular and very strong.

    I think it depends on what you want to do with Virtualisation.

    I'm sure you will get a mixed response to this question.

    As for better, I'm biased, having used VMware products since 1998. So I think you know what my answer would be.

    But some Organisations look at Hyper-V being better, because it doesn't have the stringent Hardware Compatibility Problems that Windows 2008 R2 and Hyper-V has!
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    Maybe not from a technology perspective, but the important question is are you always willing to pay the premium for VMware for features that you may or may not need? Neither technology nor pricing soley determines what we use. Otherwise we would all be using Macintosh or linux on the desktop and Novell NetWare and OpenBSD for servers and that is clearly not the case. NetWare, Netscape, WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3 were all products with huge technological leads.  Microsoft crushed them all in the marketplace.
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    by:John Hurst
    In the same way Microsoft does not lay down and die with respect to, say, browsers, you can expect VMware will not lay down and die either.

    I have been using VMware since V1 and nothing anyone else has done has enticed me to switch.

    So for the medium term, whether Workstation, ESX or other, I recommend using VMware. .... Thinkpads_User

    Expert Comment

    VMware while currently offering a better featured product is starting to run into issues with cost. For developers with MSDN licensing running any Microsoft virtualization product is included, for organizations with large development environments which are separated from their production environments it does make fiscal sense to go this way. The same goes for Higher Ed with Microsoft's deep product discounts to get students to use and learn their products also extends to the organizations as a whole. The bottom line speaks and as times get tough organizations have to justify the use of VMware.
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    I have found out a new version4.5 comming out to latter this year or early next year to take vmware vsphere further away from by changing the way vmotion, ha and drs work i dont think its going away from iscsi as thats a defacto standard that will work over any ethernet as 10gbe is happening right now which will offer a major speed boost to vm's

    imho microsoft will for the next few years be behind vmware especially as vmware is already in place for the cloud in datacenters as a major part of vsphere is its a cloud os you usually find windows servers inside the vsphere servers I think the major threat to vmware's datacenter dominance may come from linux as vsphere is a linux propriety varient as esx 3 was based on linux and vmware took the linux kernal and improved it by removing fluff not needed for a baremetal hypervisor so its resorces are miniscule in comparison with windows thats the problem for microsoft as their os footprint is not miniscule.

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