As Bob Dylan’s song says, “The Times They Are A-Changin’“. It was not all that long ago that Microsoft Hyper-V was consistently disparaged, spoken of as a second rate virtualization environment.
One example is Elias Khnaser’s December 16, 2009 Information Week commentary titled 9 Reasons Enterprises Shouldn’t Switch To Hyper-V. Reasons included poor memory management, slow Live Migration, lack of VM priority restart, etc. You get the idea. Khnaser spelled it out clearly; he did not feel Microsoft Hyper-V was a hypervisor that met the standards an enterprise required.
This past week, Khnaser posted a follow-up column and his opinion has changed. In his commentary, 9 Reasons Microsoft Hyper-V 3 Is Enterprise-Class, Khnaser presents reasons Hyper-V should be given a serious look.
I am sure Microsoft proponents are feeling good when the features Khnaser examined are listed; Storage Live Migration, Concurrent Live Migrations, Dynamic Memory, Continuous Availability, Network Virutalization and more. Khnaser’s summary is Hyper-V 3 will be the first real challenger to VMware vSphere 5.
Unitrends agrees. When Unitrends Enterprise Backup is soon released, you will see our commitment to supporting Hyper-V. Free and licensed versions will both provide enterprise level backup and recovery. When any size company decides they are ready to deploy Hyper-V, Unitrends will be ready to provide best in the industry protection. What is cool is that we will also be there to protect your physical servers and VMware environment.
Regardless if you make the move from VMware to Hyper-V, just knowing VMware will be feeling heat is a great thing. As Khnaser writes, competition drives innovation and customers ultimately win.