imageAre you interested in the Server and VDI virtualization landscape? The new version of Hyper-V doesn’t just match VMware’s vShpere 5 but it surpasses it in 10 areas. Take a look at the Table below for the details.

If you want to take it for a spin just download the latest Windows Server 2012 bits here:
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Features

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V advantages over VMware

Network Virtualization

To deliver a hybrid cloud solution customers and hosters need a secure, multi-tenant solution. VMware doesn’t offer anything similar and depends on partners for a comparable solution

Open Extensible Switch

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V delivers an open, extensible switch, providing customers with flexibility and choice. Currently, 4 plug-ins for Hyper-V extensible switch are available. VMware provides a closed, replaceable switch.

Share Nothing Live Migration

Share Nothing Live Migration provides the ability to live migrate Virtual Machines with nothing but a network connection without requiring any shared storage or Clusters. VMware has nothing comparable.

In-the-box Replication

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V includes Hyper-V Replica, an inbox replication feature. Hyper-V Replica is application and storage agnostic (works with any combination of SAN, DAS or SMB).

Industry Leading Scale

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers the largest clusters (64 nodes vs. 32 for vSphere 5), the most VMs in a cluster (4000 VMs vs. 3,000 for vSphere 5), twice the virtual processors per VM (64 vs. 32 for vSphere 5) and the largest virtual disks in the market (64 TB vs. 2TB for vSphere 5)

Advanced Storage Enhancements

Windows Server 2012 includes Storage Spaces and Pools, a storage virtualization technology that allows the virtualization of storage hardware and the enabling of just-in-time provisioning, mirroring and multi-tenancy. Other improvements include support for SMB 3, data de-duplication among others.

Encrypted Cluster Volume

With Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, you can create the largest and most secure clusters using Bit locker encryption to protect your data at rest. VMware has nothing comparable.

Guest Clustering Support

Unlike vSphere 5, a virtualized guest cluster on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V supports VM Live Migration and Dynamic Memory.

SR-IOV Support

SR-IOV gives VMs the ability to bypass the software-based Hyper-V Virtual Switch, and directly address the NIC. As a result, CPU overhead and latency is reduced, with a corresponding rise in throughput. This is available, without sacrificing key Hyper-V features such as virtual machine Live Migration.

Hardware GPU Support

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V provides Hardware GPU Support with our Remote FX feature