A Closer Look at Hyper-V
For years, VMware has been the dominant virtualization company. However, it has been slowly losing ground to competitors among hypervisors. Vmware lost 8% of its market share between 2008 and 2013 to Microsoft Hyper-V (dropping 64% to 56% whileHyper-V grew from 20% to 28%).
No matter how resentful an organization may be toward certain brands or its aversion to change, it is becoming increasingly attractive to reduce the licensing costs of virtualization.
The case studies of a University of Texas branch in the United States and a Toyota division Africa represent different types of organisations and geographical locations. Both cases demonstrate the benefits of switching from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V, one of the most powerful technology names in the world.
Microsoft Case Study #1: University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), was using VMware to support a wide range of academic and administrative operations, including research, classroom and homework assignments, interaction with the local community, and community service. The University of Texas branch campus wanted to reduce its virtualization costs and integrate its system better for better management efficiency.
UTSA began with 30 machines running VMware ESX and supporting a total 550 virtual private servers (VPSs). Both Linux and Windows are used by the VPSs. They were responsible to manage over 100 web environments. These included websites and applications for general business management. Different operating systems (OSs), are handled in different ways. The IT department needed to be familiar with the tools required to run both OSs. They also needed separate software to monitor and manage the entire infrastructure.
According to IT management and staff, UTSA experienced the following benefits when it switched from VMware to Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V.
Technology has two bottom lines. Quality and cost. David Vargas, UTSA system administrator, said that the school was able meet its institutional goal to provide “excellent service to the university community” while lowering costs. Steven Stewart, UTSA system engineer, noted the simplicity and efficiency of using a single system. This allows for “coordinated visibility” across all involved.
Microsoft Case Study #2: Toyota Tsusho Africa
Toyota Tsusho Africa Ltd., a logistics supplier to Toyota Tsusho Corporation is one of the global Toyota Group Companies. The company was using VMware vCenter and it was supported (like UTSA by both Windows and Linux environments). Similar financial and systemic improvements were made to the company than those at the University.
Toyota Tsusho’s circumstances were slightly different. It was planning to overhaul its infrastructure. It needed to renew its Symantec and VMware virtualization licenses, as well as upgrade its physical machines. Because of the scope of the IT project it was necessary to find affordable options. The company also had other core concerns such as streamlined administration and performance optimization. The transition must be quick so that business operations are not unduly disrupted.
Toyota Tsusho Africa made the decision to switch to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. These were the results:
According to Toyota Tsusho management the complete installation of new machines, virtualization deployment, and configuration took only 22 days. According to Toyota Tsusho management, the fast-paced migration took only 22 days to complete.
You can read the entire case study right here.
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