With the advent of IT sector, Virtualization has secured its place. According to the latest reports gathered by Gartner, almost 50% of the server workload has been virtualized. This percentage is expected to increase in the coming years. If your organization is already working on a cloud-based platform or it is planning to migrate to a cloud-based platform, then this Hyper V Vs Vmware comparison shall help you decide on which one to choose.
What is Virtualization?
Virtualization refers to the virtual world of systems like OS, storage devices, servers, wherein applications or latest technologies are drawn from the actual world. This technology is mostly used in managing server workload that uses Hypervisor, a generic software layer for creating and running machines virtually.
Hypervisor: What is Hypervisor?
A Hypervisor is responsible for creating and running virtual machines. This can be software, hardware, or a firmware. Hypervisor offers a virtual guest OS in order to operate machines virtually. Two of the popular Hypervisors are vSphere, a product from VMware and Hyper V from Microsoft. Let us now look at what these Hypervisors are and how they are different from one another.
Hyper V Hypervisor from Microsoft is a Type 2 Hypervisor, i.e. there is no Operating system layer present between the hardware and the Hypervisor. It is a virtualization platform designed especially for the enterprise-class.
Salient Features of Hyper V:
- This Hypervisor platform is used for virtualizing server load, building a private or scalable public cloud.
- It is a Combination of different management tools i.e. Private, Public, or a combination of these two.
- This system can deploy multiple servers in a very short span of time.
- Maintenance is easy and doesn’t take much of your time.
- Migrating from one device to another is easy and can be done live.
- Taking backup is easy and doesn’t require much work.
- Windows Active Directory offers additional security.
- It is a Cost-effective Hypervisor platform.
Advantages of Hyper V
- Easy to use platform
- An Affordable solution to virtualization
- Complete security offered.
- Easy maintenance, backup, and migration.
Disadvantages of Hyper V
- Doesn’t support all Operating Systems.
- Needs time to time updating.
- Doesn’t support some of the virtual machines in System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
Know about VMware
VMware is another widely used type 2 hypervisor. Its vSphere product is mostly preferred over hyper V, by companies that wish to introduce the concept of virtualization. This is one of the popular Hypervisors with its Version 6.0 released recently. If you are looking for something that can create a completely new virtualized world for you, then vSphere should be the one and only choice for you.
You can try out different versions of this Hypervisor. All versions vary slightly from each other in terms of features based on the pricing.
- vSphere Standard
- vSphere Enterprise Plus
- vSphere Operations Management Enterprise
All of these versions have different degrees of tolerance that allows every organization to set its needs and business goals accordingly.
Salient Features of VMware:
- This Hypervisor platform is easy to use
- One can expect a good customer support
- Supports wider range of Operating Systems
- Users can access features that are government-approved.
- Page sharing is transparent so you can expect to have a transparent cloud in front of you.
- The Number of guest users supported on hourly basis is high.
Advantages of VMware
- Easy to use Hypervisor.
- High-quality service assured.
- Offers support to a broad range of Operating Systems.
Disadvantages of VMware
- Although free versions are available, they are not fully functional.
- Difficult learning curve.
Hyper V Vs VMware:
The Cost of both these Hypervisors depends mainly on the number of Operating Systems supported and managed by both these hypervisors. However, we can compare the licensing cost of these platforms.
Hyper V licensing cost varies from almost Nil to $3,607. Many organizations do pay more depending on the number of additional processors and Operating System they need.
VMware Sphere licensing cost starts from $995 and goes up to $4,245. However, there are additional charges for supporting and using multiple sites, “Operations Management Acceleration,” and much more.
2. Free Trail:
No doubt, both the VMware vSphere and Hyper V provides their trail version for free. But the free trial version of VMware does not include all the functionality, unlike Hyper V’s free trial version that offers complete functions.
3. Operating system support:
Both the Hyper V and VMware supports different operating system. Let us have a look at the list of both of them in details:
Operating systems supported by VMware vSphere:
- Asianux v4 SP4
- FreeBSD v9.3
- Mac OS X v10.10 Oracle Linux 7
- Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3
- Solaris v11.2
- Ubuntu v12.04.5
- Ubuntu v14.04.1
Operating systems supported by Hyper V:
- Oracle Linux
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Windows OS
Hyper V loses its grounds to VMware Vsphere in many aspects and lacks in features also when compared to Vsphere. But any businesses still find that Hyper V contains much meat on its bones and is beneficial and a perfect choice for their business.
So, Hyper V and Vsphere can be choosen only if you are well aware of your business’s requirements.
Hyper V Hypervisor is designed in such a way that it does not need separate drivers for different devices. This type of model takes less time to start whereas VMware takes more time.
If anyone wants to succeed in the world of virtualization, then it is very important to have sound knowledge of your business’ needs and requirements, goal’s transparency, and a mechanism that simplifies your tasks. Both of the Hyper V and VMware hypervisors are popular and reliable.
Lots of products are available online and it is quite difficult to choose the best Hypervisor that can improve the overall experience of creating a virtualized environment.
There are several companies that are working to help different organizations achieve virtualization goals effectively.