Since the start of the Windows 8 Public Beta, there has been a great deal of discussions and comparisons galore. There have been points made that Microsoft Hyper-V will be good enough to draw good consideration in companies looking to the future. For me personally, feature comparison was not my first consideration. One measurement that I consider is the eco-structure of the technology, or in other words, how large is the 3rd party partners and products supporting both the technologies?
Just last week, SolarWinds announced the latest release of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (what used to be Hyper9) now supports both VMware vSphere as well as Hyper-V. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager delivers integrated VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V capacity planning, and much more, helping to alleviate user pain points around troubleshooting, downtime and resource utilization across hypervisors.
In December of 2011, Veeam announced the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v6 which offers speed and efficiency that is unmatched by other solutions and now has the capability of protecting data on both vSphere and Hyper-V. Veeam has also released a management pack for Systems Center Operation Manager that will take all of the VMware performance and event data from the host to the storage and put that into System Center Operations Manager. Veeam’s management pack is PRO-enabled, which stands for Performance and Resource Optimization, allowing administrators to perform corrective actions on the VMware environment through SCVMM.
Virsto Software delivers game-changing performance and utilization with any block-based storage, working in conjunction with the popular hypervisors VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V. This product is a snap-in software solution that blends into your existing virtual server environment. Virsto’s storage hypervisor delivers high performance with both of the world’s most popular server hypervisors. Virsto can be used to manage virtual storage on any existing block-based storage device, from RAID to SSD.
The list goes on and on as well as getting bigger and bigger. This actually tells me two different things. Microsoft is also gaining ground not just in feature sets but also 3rd party ecosystems from partners and products.
Another hot topic while researching this post, there is demand for conversion tools for VM’s going from vSphere to Hyper-V. Are we getting to the point that Microsoft is good enough or will we follow the history of heterogeneous systems in the datacenters and have multiple hypervisors moving forward? Microsoft tried to have 100% saturation but there was always a place for Unix, Linux and of course, Mainframes. Why would things be different this time around? East Coast, West Coast, VMware and Microsoft, can we all just get along and work together?
Picture a world where VMware and Microsoft can co-exist together. Each product has a built in conversion tool that would allow you to move live VM’s from vSphere to Hyper-V and vice versa. That would be the holy grail of cohabitation. Maybe I dream big thinking Microsoft and VMware would work together to do this or maybe there will be a 3rd party product that comes along to bridge the gap and do just that.
I think the SMB market will either be one technology or the other but as you get into SME through the large enterprises you will keep seeing more and more heterogeneous environments that will also include a heterogeneous set of hypervisors.