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Type 1 Hypervisor Poll

Datacenter Hypervisors   146 votes

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

    • VMware ESX/ESXi
      71
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
      55
    • Citrix XenServer
      10
    • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)
      1
    • KVM
      7
    • Other (Please state below)
      2
  2. 2. Do you utilize more than one hypervisor vendor for server virtualization?

    • Yes
      39
    • No
      67

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VMWare ESXi 5.5 here.

 

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

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

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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.

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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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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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We use ESXi at work and for the clients.

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As work we use ESXi for everything.

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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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Hyper-V running on Server 2008 R2.

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KVM at work !

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

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

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Hyper V all the way totally brilliant

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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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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

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VMware / ESXi. 

 

We're extremely happy with it as a product, despite how much it costs. We've scaled up from like 3 ESXi servers running 10 VM's about 6 years ago to 95% of our x86 estate running on it - so about 60 ESXi servers and approaching 700 Virtual Machines. We architected it well, on good quality storage, and it's just scaled perfectly. 

 

And there's no compelling reason to change away from it at the moment. 

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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

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Thanks for the detailed response. We run all unix so hyper v won't do us any good seems like. But you are right if your a windows network then hyper v sounds like the obvious choice. I see Microsoft is helping make Linux virtualization better in hyper v.

Yeah Azure is driving some improvements in this space. Microsoft won't be able to rock the boat of Amazon without decent Linux support in Azure.

 

This is definitely a good development as it will hopefully keep VMWare on their toes.

 

Like hopefully reversing their decision to mandate all vmx-10 VMs use the vCenter Web Client to edit...

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KVM for my own machines (Co-lo'd) via proxmox although I'm removing most of that kit now.

 

Also there is a Free Hyper-V server edition available ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205299.aspx ), I have no idea if you need something else to manage it as the last time I played with the standalone Hyper-V server it was the 2008 version and it seemed to have nothing more than a CLI interface.

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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.

 

It comes as Hyper-V server as well (which installs as a server core edition), which is free. But the licenses for Windows Server 2012 allows for 1 physical install (IE: the hypervisor), 4 vms on standard and unlimited vms for Datacenter licenses.

 

 

 

Hyper-V, for the reasons explained by Kaedrin.

 

 

EDIT: annnnd, it seems I'm a bit late to the party.

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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

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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.

Afraid so, Sikh.  Hyper-V is supported on all of the following:

Windows 8 and later (all SKUs except Core)

Windows Server 2003 and later

Microsoft Hyper-V Server

 

Hyper-V Server itself is free.

 

The *sting* in the tail with Hyper-V is that most existing virtualization setups are built around vmWare, and getting companies to switch from vmWare is like getting desktop users to switch from Microsoft Office - downright difficult.

However, if you don't need System Center (and if you are an SMB, you may not), Hyper-V makes a lot more sense than any other Type I hypervisor for the SMB.

 Except on the desktop, Hyper-V's requirements are actually identical to vmWare Player - and lower than ESXi.  Also, unlike ESXi, it does NOT require a dedicated server - though it can be used with one (either Hyper-V Server or Windows Server).

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Like hopefully reversing their decision to mandate all vmx-10 VMs use the vCenter Web Client to edit...

Not going to happen. Embrace the Web Client. :)

Also, unlike ESXi, it does NOT require a dedicated server - though it can be used with one (either Hyper-V Server or Windows Server).

There is no reason why I would ever recommend running anything else but the hypervisor roles on your hosts, unless it was directly related to the purposes of virtualization.

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I don't really have a data centre.  I have a server, it runs ESXi 5.1.

I do want to play with KVM, XenServer, Hyper-V - but I'd need another server because to all intents and purposes my current server is 'production'.

 

At work, we are a VMWare house.  Running vCenter and ESXi in a whole host of versions.

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Not going to happen. Embrace the Web Client. :)

 

I expect there will be a free web client in the next few versions that will be built into the hypervisor and won't require vCenter and replace the native client.  I just hope it is completely HTML5 (even the console) and doesn't require any plug-ins.

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