Microsoft’s virtualization offering takes a different approach. As the designers of the world’s most popular operating system, they can create virtual servers for Microsoft Windows but with common elements in the hypervisor. This makes their product more efficient in particular scenarios, often giving them a slight edge over VMware when it comes to Windows-based applications. Some advantages include:

  • Ease-of-use. Consolidating multiple physical servers into virtual servers is straightforward with Hyper-V, especially if those systems are all Windows-based
  • Effective DR with Replica. This is a low-bandwidth solution for bringing a lost VM back to life quickly
  • Any hardware that supports Microsoft Windows supports Hyper-V
  • Zero downtime for most maintenance and security updates
  • Minimal device driver management