Hyper-V vs. VMware

Virtualization is one of the hottest trends in today’s world. Whether it is a cloud or any infrastructure, the chance is high that you are already using virtualization technology.  Virtualization will create a virtual environment and present the environment to run a virtual machine like in the physical environment. There are mainly two choices for the virtualization technique: Vsphere from VMWARE and Hyper-V from Microsoft.  Let’s have a short overview with pros and cons for both solutions.


Hyper-V is the virtualization solution provided by Microsoft for organizations. Hyper-V is built into windows server and can be installed as Hyper-V Server. The required components include Windows hypervisor, Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management Service, the virtualization WMI provider, and other virtualization components such as the virtual machine bus (VMbus), virtualization service provider (VSP) and virtual infrastructure driver (VID). The advantage of this solution is that easy configuration and installation as many system administrators have knowledge and background with Microsoft products. Deploying new virtual servers and maintenance is very easy with Hyper-V. Cons go with the limited number of guest OS based on the license.

VMware vSphere

It is also the competitive partner with Hyper-V and many companies are using this solution. VMware is still a dominant and market leader. With the latest version 6.5, it is highly versatile and configurable. VSphere comes in different options such as vSphere Standard, Enterprise Plus and Management Enterprise Plus.

VMware vs Hyper-V: Virtualization Comparison:


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With pros and cons from both solutions, we have to go with Vsphere as the market leader. The only major drawback where Vsphere falls behind is cost.


Anup Chhetri

IT system administrator

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