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

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  2. たけはら says:

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  3. Linjo says:

    I’m not sure if its relevant to compare a RC that might be released this year with a product that has been proven in the marketplace for over a year… Another point, on the “User Profile & Data Mgmt”, VMware View have persona management and User Data Disks to support this so you should probably update that one.

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  6. Arun says:

    Problem with Microsoft is that they dig their hands in everything which ends up not having a properly completed product. In virtualization, VMware is far superior than Microsoft. Recently i was having to restore some backups from an Exchange 2003 env to an Exchange 2010. Its quite impossible to do this because of the product architectures. This is just one of the few examples. Honestly VMware is the market leader in virtualization and perhaps its better Microsoft sticks to what it is always does..Windows.

    • Thanks for sharing. Although the comparison you posted is positive for Hyper-V for the most part, it is from March and is outdated, probably based on Beta. There are a lot of inaccuracies in the comparison you posted – (example: distributed virtualized switch, and network partners – in addition to Cisco we have 5nine, Broadcom, inMon and NEC and more soon)

      Comparison posted here is the latest based on the latest Release Candidate. Please have a look and try to download the RC for a firsthand evaluation.

      Fasten your seatbelts for RTM! 🙂

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  8. http://t.co/ZzfEr0gj Windows Server 2012 should be more powerful solution for V-T than VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus!

  9. Jakub Rybar says:

    http://t.co/ZzfEr0gj Windows Server 2012 should be more powerful solution for V-T than VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus!

  10. MGrotegut says:

    http://t.co/FLje4aav Windows Server 2012 should be more powerful solution for V-T than VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus!
    At lower cost!

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  12. Toby S says:

    Correction…
    VSphere/ESX has supported supported “Trunk Mode to Virtual Machines” with their built-in virtual switches for years. You set the VM Guest’s VLAN to 4095 (see Vmware knowledge base article KB 1004252 for details).
    I thought I should set the record straight.

    • Thanks for sharing, Toby. What we’re referring to here is slightly different.

      With the Hyper-V Extensible Switch trunk mode, traffic from multiple VLANs can now be directed to a single network adapter in a virtual machine that could previously receive traffic from only one VLAN. As a result, traffic from different VLANs is consolidated, and a virtual machine can listen in on multiple VLANs. This feature can help the IT Admin shape network traffic and enforce multitenant security in the data center. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available in vSphere Hypervisor or in vSphere 5.1 today, with VLAN Tagging taking place at the Port Group level, with each individual virtual network adaptor supporting a single VLAN ID.

      Hope this clarifies.

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