Today at Microsoft’s TechEd conference in Orlando we learned just how serious Microsoft is about rapidly grabbing hypervisor market share from VMware. They introduced Hyper-V Server 2012. A free stand-alone Hyper-V server delivered via downloadable ISO.
Some readers will say “So what, VMware has their free version of ESXi 5.0, what is the big deal?” The big deal is Hyper-V 2012 is enterprise class.
|VMware ESXi 5.0 (free version)||Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 (free)|
|Limited to 4 vCPUs in VM||Up to 64 VP per VM|
|Total RAM limited to 32 GB||Up to 4 TB of memory per Host RAM|
|Up to 1 TB of memory per VM|
|No Enterprise features||Enterprise level features included|
|No vMotion||Shared Nothing Live Migration|
|No Storage vMotion||Live Storage Migration|
|No High Availability||High Availability via Clustering|
|No VM Replication||Hyper-V Replica (unlimited VM replication)|
Hyper-V 2012 will be a popular solution for customers and service providers looking to provide Linux VM consolidation, to deploy a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or to provide a hosting platform.
To make it all easy, Microsoft also announced, today, a Virtual Machine Convertor Beta that will convert VMware virtual machine to Hyper-V VMs, making it easy for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V. The convertor will:
• Convert VMs, virtual disks and configuration from source to Hyper-V
• Uninstall the VMware tools on the source VM and install Hyper-V Integration Services as appropriate
• Include an easy-to-use wizard-driven GUI to simplify the process
Microsoft is serious. They want VMware customers to move to Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server 2012 may give those customers a compelling reason to make the switch.