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What are the popular Enterprise level VM software?

What are the popular Enterprise level VM software that corporations that are running Windows Server 2008r2 or 2012r2 are using?  I am aware of Microsoft's Hyper-V and VMware's vSphere are there others that are popular at the Enterprise level?  I want to be able to create a fully functional network with a Domain controller and other servers like a SQL server, File server, Sharepoint server in a vm environment.  If you could provide links with videos demonstrating the VM software that would be great.  Thanks for your help
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
You could add Citrix XenServer to the mix along with KVM which is available in Linux.  These are the popular four options.  There are other vendors such as ProxMox that uses KVM to provide a turnkey solution such as VMware.  The only caution I want to provide is that whatever solution you use, try to have one DC that is not part of the virtualization solution.  This is to ensure that servers such as vCenter for VMware, HyperV Management services, Citrix XenServer, etc. which provides access via AD can function.  If you want everything in a virtual solution then ensure to provide priority that in an event of a reboot, etc., the DC is booted first followed by other servers.

For videos, all you need to do is search for building VMs under your hypervisor of choice.  Below are some links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0fFe8e0P-A
http://training.citrix.com/mod/ctxcatalog/view.php#search=%2A&toshow=10&sort=featured&prd=7&page=1
http://www.techieshelp.com/step-by-step-guide-to-creating-virtual-machine-in-vsphere-5/
https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc%2FGUID-7834894B-DD17-4D59-A9BF-A33D02478521.html
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/hh846766.aspx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you using VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, with Distributed Switches, NSX, VMware EVO RAIL, with Horizon View, VMware Cloud Director, and/or Open Stack.
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gloyola1Author Commented:
Thanks Mohammed. I will give you partial credit for excellent information.

Andrew, I am at the beginning stage gathering information to decide which path to take.  I will have to review the items you mentioned.  I can tell you I do want to be able to add switches and routers if possible in my virtual environment in addition to a cloud environment.  Given this information, is it enough for you to be able to narrow the list of what I would need?  Thanks I appreciate your help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is this for a Lab?

also vSAN, you will be able to do all this in a lab, of in the cloud.

The biggest issue you will have is the ability to obtain licenses for Enterprise software, for trial and a lab.
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
One thing to remember is that if you wish to add any Cisco virtual appliances, you are limited to using VMware.  VMware is the only supported hypervisor as Cisco requires a specific virtual NIC which is included in VMware ESXi only.  

Most hypervisors do allow importing virtual appliances.  If this is for lab, you have another option also which is VIrtualBox (free).
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gloyola1Author Commented:
I am testing in a lab setting before implementing at work.  I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with 8 cores, 16 gigs of ram and 2 terabyte hard drive that I am using Hyper-V to test with.  I understand VMware is much better than Microsoft's Hyper-V.  

1. Would it be possible to use Open Stack since it is open-source software and be able to add cloud computing to my Hyper-V virtual network environment?      

2. On a side note, I setup an account at the VMware website and will be testing the products you mentioned above in their Hands-On Labs Online.
(VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, with Distributed Switches, NSX, VMware EVO RAIL, with Horizon View, VMware Cloud Director, and/or Open Stack, and vSan)

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware and Microsoft both had good hypervisors. I would not state one is better than the other, depends what features you require.

As for OpenStack possible.
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gloyola1Author Commented:
I thought since VMware is all about virtualization and offers more solutions with all of its products that it would be the industry leader when it comes to virtualization compared to Microsoft.  To be honest, me being very green and trying to understand the possibilities and solutions that VMware offers with all of its products I feel very overwhelmed.  Like anything else, after jumping in and reading hopefully things will start to clear up.

Lastly, I promise I will close this question, do you have any websites etc..., where I could get a better understanding of the possibilities, solutions on virtualization?  Something that would give a big picture explanation that would go over things like, cloud computing virtualization, and understanding the reasons for adding applications you first mentioned (VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, with Distributed Switches, NSX, VMware EVO RAIL, with Horizon View, VMware Cloud Director, and/or Open Stack, and vSan)?  Thanks for all of your help
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware is the leader, with a 46% Market Share, but Microsoft is closing that gap.

http://www.vmware.com is a good place to start.

All the products are broken down, into Desktop, Server and Cloud.
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gloyola1Author Commented:
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