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Poll: Datacenter Hypervisors

What type 1 hypervisors are in use, in your datacenter?

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Do you utilize more than one hypervisor vendor for server virtualization?

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#1 vetMichael Stanclift

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 20:31

 

 

Sometimes called a “bare metal hypervisor” or “native” because it runs directly on a bare metal physical server, a type 1 hypervisor has direct access to the hardware. With a type 1 hypervisor, there is no operating system to load as the hypervisor that you load IS the operating system.

via http://www.virtualiz...-1-hypervisors/

 

I'm curious to see what hypervisors people are using. Please keep your voting limited to what you actually have running in production, not just testing in a lab or at home. I'll probably throw up a similar poll centered around type-2 (VirtualBox/VMware Workstation) workloads.




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Posted 22 May 2014 - 20:43

VMWare ESXi 5.5 here.

 

I likely will give Hyper-V some evaluation time on some spare metal I have.



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 20:47

Here at work we have esxi, hyper-v and citrix xenserver running.. Supporting different customers and their needs.

#4 Max Norris

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 20:53

I've set up a number of both ESXi and Hyper-V installations for various clients, plus a Hyper-V setup here, work related, getting rather fond of that one.



#5 Roger H.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 20:54

Hyper-V for all my VMs. I have used others but I just stay with this cuz I like it and it works for me.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 23:07

Esxi here. Got into virtualization with esxi and just stuck with it.

Also from what I've seen and haven't put much research into it hyper v requires a windows server to run on which means technically you would pay for 2(?) Licenses instead of 1 like you would with VMware esxi.

Again that's my impression and I could be wrong.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:14

We use ESXi at work and for the clients.



#8 Brian M.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:20

As work we use ESXi for everything.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:23

In my department we use;

 

Hyper V (2008 and 2012 building in progress)
ESX with a mix of versions
Citrix < not really sure about this one much

Mainly for Software compatibility testing and development labs.



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:29

Hyper-V running on Server 2008 R2.



#11 Xahid

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:39

KVM at work !

Tested Vmware & MS Hyper-V too much resource hungery.



#12 REM2000

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:57

Pretty much all Hyper-V's ranging from 2008R2 - 2012R2, The 2012R2 version of Hyper-V is incredible.



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:10

Hyper V all the way totally brilliant



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:12

Here at work we have esxi, hyper-v and citrix xenserver running.. Supporting different customers and their needs.

 

Ditto. There seemed to be a 3 for 2 deal when they were rolling out our infrastructure.



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:38

Esxi here. Got into virtualization with esxi and just stuck with it.

Also from what I've seen and haven't put much research into it hyper v requires a windows server to run on which means technically you would pay for 2(?) Licenses instead of 1 like you would with VMware esxi.

Again that's my impression and I could be wrong.

 

Hyper-V is a free standalone product, built-in to Windows 8 and above Professional & Enterprise SKU's, as well as Windows Server Standard and Datacenter. As such Hyper-V as a feature is as free as ESXi can be.

 

The real cost is management.  In Hyper-V, you may or may not require System Center 2012 for Virtual Machine Manager depending on your management needs.  ESXi requires vCenter long before Hyper-V (at least when used in Standard or Datacenter) requires SCVMM.

 

Frankly, if your server virtualization environment is running Microsoft workloads, then you are wasting money using anything than Hyper-V.  The scale of waste depends on how many processors are being licensed for a third party virtualization platform.  The more you have, the more you shouldn’t be using a third party virtualization vendor.

 

If you are running Windows VDI workloads, well, things are more muddled.  Unidesk supports VMware now, and have been claiming for years that support is coming to Hyper-V. The layering in Unidesk for applications is superior to Application Virtualization.  This makes Hyper-V a poorer option for VDI at this time because of Unidesk.

 

Personally, I wish Microsoft would fully license Unidesk for integration into System Center Configuration Manager and then connect ConfigMgr to SCVMM.  If Microsoft were to implement it there, and then just enable the Windows bootloader to support virtual disk layering, then layering could become an excellent deployment platform for both VDI and physical workstations. (If you are not aware, the Windows 7 and above bootloaders support booting physical machines from virtual disks. Windows 7 can native boot from a VHD, the Windows 8 bootloader gained support for native booting VHDX, and the Windows 8.1 Update 1 bootloader gained support for native booting WIM files.)

 

Linux support for Hyper-V significantly improves with the newest kernel. Install, enable SSH, and your mostly good to go.  Older versions may still require the drivers be installed, and some variants require a config file be changed to enable Hyper-V support. That said, I would personally never attempt to run a production Linux VDI environment from within Hyper-V at this time (if ever).