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Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere | A Comparison


“Hyper-V vs. VMware” has always been a heated debate. Ever since the cloud has gained popularity in the cloud business space, much debate has been going around on which hypervisor is better, VMware vSphere® hypervisor or Microsoft® Hyper-V®. As a matter of fact, each of the two has its own strengths and weaknesses. For a better understanding of both platforms, we’ll delve into a basic feature comparison of both so you can get a clear picture of the two.

It comes as a little surprise that VMware’s products especially VMware vSphere hypervisor are a lot mature since VMware vSphere hypervisor has been longer in the game than Microsoft Hyper-V. However, Microsoft Hyper-V has a few features that best fit in the modern-day enterprise environment.

Hyper-V vs. VMware on Workload Migration

While working in virtual environments, workload migration becomes a basic necessity. VMware has vMotion and Hyper-V offers Live Migration. While the former is a part of VMware vSphere and supports seamless migration in real time to balance server loads, Live Migration also supports migrations with Zero Downtime. Experts believe the implementation of Live Migration is complex than vMotion since Live Migration requires Microsoft Failover Clustering to be set up before actually performing the migration.

Hyper-V vs. VMware comparison on Architecture

When it comes to architecture, Hyper-V has two variants: Hyper-V role and Hyper-V server. The underlying architecture is built over micro-kernelized hypervisors. This means it follows the model where a host provides direct access to hardware resources. It also allows for the isolation of Virtual Machines into logical units known as partitions

On the other hand, vSphere is a collection of different components. At the core, there is VMware ESXi which is a native hypervisor that manages host servers and also multiple guest Virtual machines. Hence the VMware ESXi manages and enables computing resources shared by all Virtual machines running across the system. ESXi VMware vSphere hypervisor reduces overhead on the system as introduced in its earlier versions.

Hyper-V vs. VMware on Management Tools

Management tools are yet again very important while working in virtualized environments. VMware vSphere hypervisor offers vCenter which offers centralized data management for effective virtualized cloud infrastructures. It allows for viewing and controlling of ESXi hosts and host clusters

Microsoft Offers Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). It allows for management of multiple VMs running in same environment and also allows admins to create, control and delete VMs. It provides access to memory, drivers, storage and other areas for better resource management.

Hyper-V vs. VMware on Snapshot Technology

In order to capture a point in time copy of a Virtual machine including the containing data, snapshot technology is used. It comes in handy when any VM is disaster struck. VMware vSphere hypervisor offers snapshots white Hyper-V offers Checkpoints.

With Snapshot, you can take 32 snapshots per VM, store the snapshot in files like normal files in a VM and it is transient in nature. On the other hand, Checkpoints are persistent in nature, there is an option to take 64 snapshots for each VM and they are saved in host server which can be exported later. That is an essential thing for any cloud business.

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MachPanel Automation Module for Microsoft Hyper-V

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