Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1

With the release of Windows Server 2012 on September 4th and recent announcements by VMware at VMworld it was time to see how we are doing from a technical perspective.

We have released a paper in which we compare Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 with VMware vSphere Hypervisor and VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus.

In this paper, we have looked at a significant number of the new capabilities that are available within Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, across 4 key investment areas:

  • ? Scalability, Performance & Density
  • ? Secure Multitenancy
  • ? Flexible Infrastructure
  • ? High Availability & Resiliency

Across each of these areas, we’ve detailed how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers more scale, a more comprehensive array of customer-driven features and capabilities, and a greater level of extensibility and flexibility than the standalone VMware vSphere Hypervisor or VMware vSphere 5.1. With features such as Hyper-V Replica, cluster sizes of up to 64 nodes and 8,000 virtual machines, Storage and Shared-Nothing Live Migration, the Hyper-V Extensible Switch, Network Virtualization, and powerful guest clustering capabilities, it’s clear to see that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers the most comprehensive virtualization platform for the next generation of cloud-optimized infrastructures.

The paper can be downloaded here.

Comments (11)

  1. Anonymous says:

    8,000 vm / cluster ?

    4,000 vm / cluster

     at TechNet "Hyper-V Server 2012 Comparison"…/jj647789

     at "Hyper-V featurs comparison"…/WS%202012%20Feature%20Comparison_Hyper-V.pdf

  2. Marco Shaw says:

    Too late now likely…  You mention this covers "5.1", yet the PDF is named "…5.0.pdf".

  3. Dean says:

    Just like Microsoft to say that it's un fairly leap frogged the competition. I though MS might have actual gotten it right this time. The partner conference was a little disappointing… Looks like our Enterprise customers will be VMware shops for a bit longer. MS isn't quite there yet? They have made substantial progress though.

  4. Matthijs says:


    It indeed applies to 5.1


    Yes, 8000 VM's in a cluster!

  5. jean says:

    Yes, 8000 VM's in a cluster!

  6. Haris says:

    good article. however, majority of clients would like to see how those two vendors compare when it comes to licensing

  7. Sarith says:

    i was too late to view this, the doc seems to have been removed or i do not have access to view. Pls let me know how i can get access to the doc if the doc is still valid in the current tech scenario

  8. Nikhil says:

    The document is not available for download . Kindly provide a link to download

  9. Bob Hyatt says:

    How come your are comparing to vSphere 5.1 & not 6.0 which is the latest release.

  10. nick says:

    @Bob : Good question !

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