How Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V compares against VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.06.2012 at 12:43

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) marks a major milestone in Microsoft’s foray into the virtualization world. While Microsoft have always been leaders in management technologies, an area where VMware was weak, Microsoft now have the hypervisor which exceeds VMware capabilities.

Facts and Figures: Hyper-V vs. vSphere 5

Thought I’d share some interesting information from the recently released Competitive Advantages document.

System Resource Windows Server 2012 RC Hyper-V VMware ESXi 5.0 VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus
Host Logical Processors

320

160

160

  Physical Memory

4 TB

32 GB

2 TB

  Virtual CPUs per host

2048

2048

2048

VM Virtual CPUs per VM

64

8

32

  Memory per VM

1 TB

32 GB

1 TB

  Active VMs per host

1024

512

512

  Guest NUMA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cluster Maximum nodes

64

N/A

32

  Maximum VMs

4000

N/A

3000

Storage Virtual Fiber Channel

Yes

Yes

Yes

  MPIO

Yes

No

Yes (VAMP)

  Native 4-KB disk support

Yes

No

No

  Maximum Virtual Disk Size

64 TB VHDX

2 TB VMDK

2 TB VMDK

  Maximum pass through disk size

Varies

64 TB

64 TB

  Offloaded Data Transfer

Yes

No

Yes (VAAI)

VDI* Hardware GPU to vGPU support

Yes

No

No

  Software GPU support

Yes

Basic

Basic

  Remote Touch Support

Yes

No

No

  User Profile & Data Mgmt

Yes

No

No

Extensible Switch/Multi-tenancy

Extensible Network Switch

Yes

No

Yes

Confirmed Partner Extenstions

4

None

2

PVLAN

Yes

No

Yes

ARP/ND Spoofing Protection

Yes

No

vShield App/Partner

DHCP snooping/DHCP guard

Yes

No

vShield App/Partner

Virtual Port ACLs

Yes

No

vShield App/Partner

Trunk Mode to Virtual Machines

Yes

No

No

Port Monitoring

Yes

Per Port Group

Yes

Port Mirroring

Yes

Per Port Group

Yes

Mind-blowing, isn’t it?

*VDI comparisons were made taking VMware View into account.

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