Microsoft Hyper-V's Advantages over VMware

Because many workloads already run on Windows, organizations are familiar with the Microsoft platform, making it easier to adopt and deploy Microsoft virtualization technology compared with VMware.

Additional Benefits

Additionally, Hyper-V:

  • Costs less than comparable versions of VMware
  • Offers features such as Live Migration at no additional charge
  • Does not require higher end software SKU purchases for advanced features

Microsoft's virtualization technology also offers core features that VMware does not. Below is a feature-by-feature comparison of the two technologies. All in all Microsoft offers more extensive solutions at a lower cost than VMware.

 

  VMware
vSphere 4
Microsoft WS08
Hyper-V Re/SMSE
Physical and virtual management no yes
SMSE
VMware and Microsoft management no yes
SMSE
In-guest monitoring no yes
End-to-end OS monitoring no yes
SMSE OpsMgr
Application/service monitoring no yes
SMSE, PRO
Host/virtual machine level optimization yes
DRS
yes
SMSE, PRO
Centralized HV management yes
Virtual Center
yes
SMSE, VMM
Guest OS patching/management yes yes
SMSE, SCCM
Virtual machine high availability/failover yes
Virtual Center
yes
WS08 Clustering+VMM
Virtual machine migration yes
vMotion
yes
Live Migration
Storage virtual machine migration yes yes
  • WS08 = Windows Server 2008
  • SCCM = System Center Configuration Manager
  • PRO = Performance and Resource Optimization
  • VMM = Virtual Machine Mgr
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