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    Default Hyper-V or VSphere 5.5

    We are new to virtualization. We are trying to decide if we should go with Hyper-V or VSphere 5.5. Does anyone have experience with the two or can anyone offer any advice?

    We are hoping to make the right decision and move forward immediately. Cost is not a factor in our comparison.

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    This can't be answered without context. What is driving this? What's the environment like? What features are required? I could go on and on but short story is any intelligent recommendation needs lots of background on what problem you are trying to solve.
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    Riding on Cyberguy's coat tails....is cost your most important factor? Also, there is a ton of information on Google regarding the comparisons technically speaking (here are just two...one from Microsoft and one from VMware):

    VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance - KeithMayer.com - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    VMware Hypervisor: Comparison with Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix Xen Server | United States

    I work with VMware vSphere Suite daily and think its an outstanding product. They are years ahead of almost every other vendor in the virtualization arena. Its a stable product, with a ton of features, its easy to learn, but it costs a lot of money.
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    What these guys said. If it's for lab, try both and make the right decision based on your particular needs.

    I tried both and went with ESXi.
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    As a network guy, I recommend vSphere. Cisco is doing strong business with Vmware. They have SRE modules that are pre-shipped with Vmware stuff.
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    "Move forward immediately" is a recipe for disaster. Virtualizing your environment requires planning and testing.

    There are decision to be made on more than just the hypervisor. Storage - will this be physical or virtual ?
    Network - same, physical or virtual ?
    Do you start from scratch, or are you trying to re-use any old hardware?
    Is the hardware on the HCL of either venor's website ?
    What features do you require and why do you want to virtualize ?
    Did a specific feature made you decide ? Underutlization / waste of resources ?
    Is your software certified for virtulization ? Are there any restrictions ?
    Do you have the resources in house to support either decision (VMware vs. Microsoft knowledge) ?

    When virtulizing, you eventually reach a point of no return so you need to plan this properly beforehand rather than rush into this (and pay twice).
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    If cost isn't a factor go with vSphere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave330i View Post
    If cost isn't a factor go with vSphere.
    I would like to say "That's what an employee would say" but I also would agree. better functionality and overall better product, but for free, Hyper-V does cover it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj0 View Post
    I would like to say "That's what an employee would say" but I also would agree. better functionality and overall better product, but for free, Hyper-V does cover it.
    Only their hypervisior is free. If you throw in their management software & OPEX, the price difference between the 2 solution isn't that big.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave330i View Post
    Only their hypervisior is free. If you throw in their management software & OPEX, the price difference between the 2 solution isn't that big.
    What about SQL server licensing? That's a huge benefit with Hyper-V and can save a lot of money. We use vSphere in our environment but are currently doing a SQL server enterprise consolidation because the licensing fees are off the charts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verities View Post
    What about SQL server licensing? That's a huge benefit with Hyper-V and can save a lot of money. We use vSphere in our environment but are currently doing a SQL server enterprise consolidation because the licensing fees are off the charts.
    You can always go with the appliance and save the money on the SQL + Windows licensing.

    Both hypervisors are good these days. It really depends on your requirements, both business and technical.
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    If you are a Microsoft shop stick with Hyper-v it will be easier and a more familiar environment. Plus if you add system center down the road it will add many Microsoft centric services to your network.
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    For OP, If cost isn't a factor then I'd recommend going with BOTH. Actually, We have VMWare, Hyper-V, and KVM running because each fits in it's own way to get the job done and interestingly, the solutions tend to be the the least costly and most effective in the long run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProf View Post
    You can always go with the appliance and save the money on the SQL + Windows licensing.

    Both hypervisors are good these days. It really depends on your requirements, both business and technical.
    But again, OP needs to be aware of the limitations, configuration differences, and database compatibility, that the vCenter Server Appliance has vs vCenter Server.
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    Time to build a lab, and evaluate both - ease of day to day administration, performance, monitoring, and automation, being mindful of what you're trying to achieve...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verities View Post
    But again, OP needs to be aware of the limitations, configuration differences, and database compatibility, that the vCenter Server Appliance has vs vCenter Server.
    Agreed!
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    Maybe 6.5 will make a come back
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProf View Post
    Maybe 6.5 will make a come back
    I've been running 6.2 rock solid since it's been released. Dell r710, 64gb ram, internal storage, 12 vms, no issues at all.
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    If cost isn't a factor, you need to look at what features each brings to the table and decide if there are any that you can't live without. In technology there's always lots of cool features that you never really end up using.
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    Based on the complete lack of criteria that you offered other than "cost is not an issue", I would say go with vSphere 5.5 because it is a more mature platform than Hyper-V.
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    Maybe 6.5 will make a come back
    It's not a bad hypervisor, we've used it in the past to deploy XenDesktop to save some money. But it does not really compete with Hyper-V or vSphere... it does not have the density that the other hypervisors have.. but they're starting to make some changes in 6.5 so who knows where it will be.. with the Sanbolic acquisition, things might change for Citrix in the hypervisor market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoeneous View Post
    I've been running 6.2 rock solid since it's been released. Dell r710, 64gb ram, internal storage, 12 vms, no issues at all.
    No offence, but probably not comparable with a big production environment
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    As others have mentioned you need to consider quite a few factors but my personal recommendation is vSphere over Hyper-V. I have used Citrix, Hyper-V, and vSphere and find vSphere to be the best of the three.

    It's very powerful, dynamic, and easy to learn but with tons of features and complexity to scale large enterprise needs.
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    Hyper-V: the hypervisor resides inside of Windows Server O/S, has some pretty kool features, but no intuitive pane of glass per-say for Managment, VM escape is 100% a possibility and a security concern. The only plus side I can tell is that Hyper-V is included with a Standard and above Server O/S's license so no need to invest in licensing, so it's free.

    VMware: hypervisor is built upon itself, no VM escape possible or very minimal risk of it. Better management of resources, way more productivity features, more stable. Very easy to use Management pane with vCenter. Costs a boatload.
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