VMware has held the position of top virtualization technology provider for quite some time, dominating the market as businesses defaulted to VMware systems for years. However, other virtualization systems have been emerging over the past few years, and Microsoft Hyper-V now offers many advantages of VMware, Miles Consulting reports.
According to the report, Hyper-V's primary advantage is pricing. For users already running Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V itself is free, and a fee is required for the System Center management framework. Hyper-V also includes free migration tools. Overall, this leads to thousands of dollars in savings compared to VMware solutions, the report said.
In terms of features, VMware does have a slight edge over Hyper-V, the report concluded, but Hyper-V's interface is similar to other Windows-based systems, making a Hyper-V VPS feel familiar to webmasters and developers experienced in Microsoft systems.
According to a recent Windows IT Pro report, more vendors and users are experimenting with Hyper-V. The report said vendors are noticing improved Hyper-V support, and working to develop applications compatible with the virtualization platform. Users, on the other hand, are simultaneously wooed by Hyper-V's low price and user-friendliness, the report said.