Hyper-V like VMware Server, but not as polished, says InfoWorld

Hyper-V is "roughly analogous VMware Server 1.0, although not as polished" says Paul Venezia in InfoWorld. Ouch.

Link: Next-gen virtualization from Microsoft | InfoWorld | Review | 2007-12-19.

From what I’ve seen, Microsoft’s Hyper-V is
roughly analogous to VMware Server 1.0, although not as polished. It
doesn’t appear to be a significant challenge to VMware’s Virtual
Infrastructure and ESX Server products, and given the fact that VMware
Server is free, runs on Linux and Windows, and is considerably more
mature, it’s questionable how many infrastructures will benefit from
using Hyper-V over VMware Server.

Make sure you read that right — Paul is comparing Hyper-V, not to our enterprise platform VI3, but to the last version of the free VMware Server, and even then he thinks it comes out behind.  Hyper-V is not even in the same league as VMware Infrastructure, not ready to roll out in the enterprise, and it’s questionable if it has value at all. Again, ouch.

After my brief look at the beta release, I can
confirm that this is truly beta, and it has a long way to go to be

Look, it’s a beta, and betas can be rough, so let’s not start feeling too superior. Hyper-V will be better when it’s released, and it will get better over time. But Microsoft needs to deliver its best effort here on to make this enterprise-ready infrastructure software that your whole data center will depend on. In the hubbub and hype and wishful thinking even before the product is released, people have forgotten that Hyper-V will be first generation software. It will be real world software with real-world issues; already it has been delayed and critical features (Live Migration = VMotion) have been dropped. VMware Infrastructure is a full virtualization platform, trusted at over 40,000 customers, production-ready, and not standing still.

Heck, even if you want to start out with free, then go with the more mature VMware Server — although Paul compared Hyper-V to version 1.0, version 2.0 is now in beta. But there’s no need to wait for Godot, Microsoft, or Superman to save us. The ROI is clear right now. Go forth and virtualize.

–John Troyer


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  1. What a load of rubbish. Typical VMWare to post information straight from the marketing dept. Hyper far outshines ESX now, and when SCVM manages goes RTM you guys are in serious trouble.
    ESX is expensive, bloated and just plain no good. So why would someone choose the product? Answer: they won’t from now on.
    Good bye VMWare.

  2. Wow, that was kind of harsh to post about a third party evaluation link.. I’m glad you’re leaving VM behind and going with a product that is only released for “test” environments and not for actual production. Once you see the errors of your ways, i’m sure you’ll be back..

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