Hypervisor 2012 Versus VMware?

    By Matthew Ramsey | Small Business

    Hypervisor 2012 Versus VMware? image virtualizationHypervisor 2012 Versus VMware?The proliferation of virtualization technologies has given enterprise technology planners a chance to weigh different decisions. When it comes to Microsoft Hyper-V versus VMware vSphere, an ongoing argument as to which one is the best has materialized. The open-ended question often leads to the conclusion that whatever is best for your enterprise is the right choice. Knowing what is right means comparing the features of each system.

    Perks of VMware

    Enterprises familiar with the vSphere system are aware that it has undergone many changes in recent months. New to the brand is an Enterprise Plus edition available as an upgrade, with more RAM and virtualization power with a higher number of supported virtual processors supported. In addition, the new version adds a distributed switch supporting a stable network runtime state for virtual machines across multiple hosts. Centralized firewall services and system monitoring are made more practical in this way.

    In the past, VMware did not support a virtual machine bypassing the hypervisor layer, therefore allowing direct access to I/O hardware. A feature called VMDirectPath I/O can improve overall performance with support for I/O operations to storage and networking controllers, but the hardware integration means the VMotion feature won’t work. The system also features VMware vShield Zones, allowing one to monitor, log, and block traffic among virtual machines within or between hosts. Users can isolate virtual machines between multiple zones in an organization.

    Microsoft Hyper-V

    Microsoft’s product is great if your organization has many Windows Server-based virtual machines; that is if the Data Center edition of Windows is implemented. Partitions up to two terabytes are supported as is the case with VMware. Many of the features of Hyper-V, experts believe, are extensions of Microsoft’s own virtualization infrastructure. The virtual machines on your Hyper-V network will most likely run Windows, a common operating system for enterprises.

    Features for Windows environments include application delivery and, an important one for enterprises on the cutting edge, mobile device management. It also has virtual desktop, software update, power, and compliance management features, while various monitoring and inventory functions are integrated.

    The Conclusion

    Hyper-V is designed mainly to accommodate a Windows-based virtual infrastructure, fine if your enterprise relies on Microsoft’s operating system. With a tendency to yield a more isolated network, VMware provides many cloud tools and features for network management and security, site recovery, and operations, application, and automation management.

    The technology research company Gartner has traditionally supported VMware, but Hyper-V has undergone quick changes which have allowed it to catch up in terms of viability. Microsoft’s solution is now seen as a significant competitor. The firm, however, does not believe the improvements to Hyper V mean you should immediately switch from the VMware system.  An analyst with Gartner, however, believes the Microsoft solution is more flexible, giving it an advantage to companies first getting their enterprise infrastructure together.

    Which way you should choose, as of now, seems to be the system most convenient for your infrastructure and budget. Both leaders in the virtualization market, VMware vSphere and Hyper-V offer the major features to manage a network in a virtualized environment.

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