“’Arena’? Shouldn’t that be ‘Shark Tank’?”
Ah yes, right. In the shark tank. Capabilities such as support for direct connections to Fibre Channel storage for virtual machines, like 4KB disk support, and natively supporting Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX), are now just included for no additional cost with Hyper-V.
And how big of a disk do you think you need?
“Pretty big.. and getting bigger all the time.”
And that’s the key point, right? 2 terabytes of disk-drive space for a single virtual machine is probably enough for now – but why stop there? And if I decide to use a virtual disk to hold data for a very large database, what if I need more than that? So now the new .VHDX format disks, among other improvements, now support growing up to 64TB in size.
TRY THIS AT HOME: On your Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 test machine, open up Storage Manager, and create a new disk. Create it as dynamically expanding, and create it as a 64TB (or 65,535 MB) size disk.
“Oh wow! It works! I actually have 64TB of space!”
Not so fast!… remember, that’s a dynamically expanding (“thin provisioned”) disk. It will only expand as far onto your physical disk as the space you actually have.
So to summarize, here’s a handy chart comparing** VMware’’s free vSphere Hypervisor, vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus, and Hyper-V 2012.
- The maximum size of a physical disk attached to a virtual machine is determined by the guest operating system and the chosen file system within the guest
- vStorage API for Multipathing (VAMP) is only available in Enterprise & Enterprise Plus editions of vSphere 5.0
- vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) is only available in Enterprise & Enterprise Plus editions of vSphere 5.0
- VMware documentation doesn’t mention whether or not their platform support 4K Advanced Format Drives.
Want more details?
- Click HERE for the vSphere Editions comparison on VMware’s site,
- CLICK HERE For the details on what’s new in Hyper-V,
- And here is the current “Why Hyper-V?” whitepaper, comparing the Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 RC to VMware vSphere 5.0.
**I realize that things change. VMware will likely soon improve their capabilities to better compete with Microsoft’s Hyper-V. As they should. These numbers come from an excellent talk given by Matt McSpirit at TechEd North America 2012. I highly recommend viewing the recording of his session HERE.