When choosing the right hypervisor for an enterprise environment, it is essential for solutions providers to know which features are the most important, the pros and cons of the technologies and the correct installation and implementation methods. Hyper-V and VMware ESX should be rated on factors including performance, scalability and ease of integration with a company's existing system. Choosing the wrong virtualization technology would create long-term issues that could wreak havoc on a client's budget.
Use this cheat sheet to compare prices, product features and reviews for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX. Resources include tips, expert blogs, chapter excerpts, news, Project FAQs and special reports on relevant topics.
Learn how to pick VMware alternatives for server virtualization software and find out how you can use these alternatives to increase return on investment.
Find out about native management tools for desktop and application virtualization for products from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.
The new features and functions of VMware's Virtual Datacenter Operating System replicate cloud computing and place VMware firmly in the enterprise data center space.
NetQueue, a new feature in VMware ESX Server 3.5, helps you virtualize clients' high-bandwidth servers and improve their network performance.
Microsoft is attempting to carve out its own share of the server virtualization market with the release of Hyper-V. But with a 10-year lag behind VMware, can Hyper-V really displace ESXi?
Learn about three key benefits of using Microsoft's Hyper-V for server virtualization and find out what it can offer to your Windows Server customers.
Learn how to change your server virtualization offerings to accommodate VMware Server ESX 3i -- an embedded solution that customers can configure on their own.
This excerpt provides an overview of VMware's Virtual Machine File System, the different storage options available and tips for configuring a client's network file system.
Solutions providers learn about the differences between Fibre Channel and iSCSI to better serve their customers' needs.
Learn how to use VMware ESX Server for disaster recovery and backup services.
Sizing your Windows Server 2008 server to support virtualization is a key first step when planning your implementation of Hyper-V.
Follow a step-by-step approach for installing Microsoft Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2008 system.
Find out when Hyper-V guest sessions should be launched automatically, manually or in a particular sequence with this chapter excerpt.
Learn how to navigate the Hyper-V administrative console and the virtual server settings on all guest sessions.
There are several hidden costs with Hyper-V that, depending on the user scenario, may make VMware the more cost-effective option, analysts and users say.
The Burton Group scoured hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix Systems and Virtual Iron Software to find the missing features that users should consider before adopting a virtualization product.
By including live migration in Hyper-V 2.0, Microsoft hopes to retaliate against VMware's VMotion.
The successor to VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure -- VMware View 3 -- is expected to bring competition to the desktop virtualization market with new features, including storage optimization, application virtualization and offline desktops.
The introduction of live migration in Microsoft's Hyper-V puts Hyper-V on par with VMware ESXi and VMotion.
Hyper-V's minimal pricing approach and VMware's decision to make ESX free are blurring the lines of competition.
Learn about the pros and cons of VMware ESX and Hyper-V and find out how VMware ESX conquered its rival.
Faithful users of VMware explain why they remain loyal despite issues with VMware's price.
Blogger Eric Siebert points out why solutions providers really have to know their clients' needs in order to recommend VMware over Hyper-V, or vice versa.
A tool by CiRBA Inc. uses specific factors to determine whether Hyper-V or VMware would be the best choice for an environment.
Clabby Analytics analyst Joe Clabby explains why he thinks Hyper-V will clobber VMware, and blogger Bridget Botelho discusses why she agrees with him.
IT veteran Eric Siebert won't make the switch to Hyper-V but gives reasons why some companies would.
ITKE blogger Adam Truillo predicts that VMware won't be able to compete with Microsoft's level of expertise and application support.
Eric Hammersley shares his thoughts on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX, explains basic virtualization architectures and compares the three major VMware offerings.
In this Project FAQ with George Crump, find out what the options are for VMware backup and learn how to choose the best data protection tool for your particular customer.
In this VMware FAQ, expert Rod Lucero discusses how VMware has held its place in the market, the challenges it faces and why VARs continue to recommend the software to their clients.
IT expert Hilary Cotter explains how Hyper-V's new features could be the persuading factors for choosing Hyper-V over VMware.
This special report investigates how price and functionality affect the choices made by IT organizations and the fortunes of major server virtualization vendors.
Virtualization expert Nelson Ruest compares Hyper-V and VMware ESX and explains why Hyper-V may be better for smaller companies.
This segment of our Windows Server 2008 Hot Spot Tutorial discusses how the basic advantages and disadvantages of Hyper-V are the same as other virtualization environments.
This was first published in March 2009