Product Code: IT017-004016
Server virtualization is dominated by VMware in the enterprise market, but
estimates state that the market is only 50% penetrated. This report compares
Hyper-v 3.0 to vSphere 5.1.
VMware remains technically the most advanced hypervisor stack solution, but
Microsoft is catching up.
Features and Benefits
- Make informed decisions about which hypervisor is correct for its use case.
- Discover the management strategies of VMware and Microsoft.
Key Questions Answered
- Why is VMware is the most advanced hypervisor?
- In what ways is Microsoft is catching up with VMware?
Table of Contents
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- Key messages
SERVER VIRTUALIZATION HAS BECOME A MATURE TECHNOLOGY
- Server virtualization has become the dominant technology in the x86 market
- The drivers for server virtualization are complex and diverse
VMWARE REMAINS TECHNICALLY THE MOST ADVANCED HYPERVISOR STACK SOLUTION, BUT MICROSOFT IS CATCHING UP
- Basic hypervisor comparison: size does matter
- Resource-management differences highlight the limitations of Hyper-V
- Memory management enables VMware to increase VM density
- Memory compression
- Swap to host cache
- Regular host-based swapping
- Storage is another area where Microsoft has closed the gap
- Network capabilities are key to availability and performance
- Overview of feature comparison
THE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY DIFFERS BETWEEN VMWARE AND MICROSOFT
- VMware introduced the IT stack that redefines the role of the operating
- Microsoft moves beyond only Windows management
SERVICE PROVIDERS COULD SIGNIFICANTLY INFLUENCE THE MARKET AS THE HYBRID CLOUD LOOKS SET TO BECOME THE CLOUD OF CHOICE
- VMware dominates the private cloud, but the hybrid cloud represents the
BEYOND THE LEADING TWO VENDORS IT IS THE OPEN SOURCE INFLUENCE THAT PROVIDES THE CORE TECHNOLOGY
- Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) is the dark horse in the
- Citrix XenServer has enterprise credentials but it needs to ensure it
maintains parity with its rivals
- Recommendations for enterprises
- Recommendations for vendors
- Alternative views
- Ovum Consulting
- Figure 1 Regional deployment of server virtualization
- Figure 2 Server virtualization reasons for adoption