Which is better in virtualization?Vsphere or Hyper-v?

I am currently moving my OS to virtualization, which better Vsphere or Hyper-v regardless of the money and license, I mean as technical
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BusbarConnect With a Mentor Solutions ArchitectCommented:
How large is your archive server, I would go with 2 Hyper-v and a small SAN or 2 ESXi with a NAS, you can use FREENAS if you are very restricted in budget.
BusbarConnect With a Mentor Solutions ArchitectCommented:
don't go there, it will start a silly discussion and you won't get a clear answer, I work with both and both have pros and cons, my 2 cents is define your requirements and ask for quotations and compare it commercially and analyze which one fits your requirements best, don't go for this supports bigger memory and this blows the whistle in christmas, it won't work.
Frosty555Connect With a Mentor Commented:
VMWare invented virtualization. They were the first, and arguably the de-facto standard.

Hyper-V on the other hand is a slightly newer Microsoft product - their response to VMWare's success. It too is a solid product.

Really I don't think there's an easy way to say which one is "better" - they both are fine products, and it really comes down to what you want to use it for, what features or lack thereof are deal-breakers for you, and your personal preference.
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Agreed - define your requirements and then compare.  If you need to support multiple Linux distributions, then VMWare, I suspect, would prove most appropriate... (Hyper-V DOES support several linux distros, but I don't think as many as VMWare) but if you are an exclusively Windows shop, then Hyper-V 2012 R2 with the new VM format it supports might prove extremely useful...
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Both, are very good Hypervisors, e.g. VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, it really depends on your requirements, and if you have any experience of either technologies, as to which you implement.

There is also Citrix Xen to consider as well.

Could you give me more background, as to what hardware you have, will you be purchasing hardware, e.g. servers and storage (SAN or NAS).
vmwarun - ArunConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There's never a best product as every requirement is different. busbar is spot on in stating that first.

Having said that the selection of the hypervisor depends on several aspects such as
1.Existing vendor agreements
2.Optimization which can be achieved with that app/Guest OS/hypervisor combo
3.Consolidation which can be achieved with the selected hypervisor.

These are just some points to consider.
IhabAuthor Commented:
Thanks  for your support
-@ Andrew Hancock
What do you mean by "There is also Citrix Xen to consider as well."To consider what exactly?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Consider it as a solution.  There are more than two products that provide virtualization on the market.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, Oracle VM

more than two!
IhabAuthor Commented:
Mr. Leew
For my knowledge Citrix Xen is to publish applications? The concept is different than vsphere and hyper-v
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Citrix Xen Server is a Hypervisor!

see here


You are confusing Xen Server with XenDesktop and XenApp!
IhabAuthor Commented:
My IT environment is :
-exchange server 2010
-2 Windows 2008 server as domain controller
-Web server (Windows 2008)
-Archive server (Windows 2008)-
-Sharing Server
Currently I don't have NAS or SAN
you can use FREENAS if you are very restricted in budget

I'm actually doing just that in my home lab. FreeNAS works pretty decently as a low-end NFS datastore for VMWare.

But I would NEVER, EVER put that into a production environment for one of my clients. I just don't trust it.
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