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3.9 out of 5.0 (22 ratings)

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  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V

    Hyper-v Implementation... Free and Functional

    Overall Comment

    The Hyper-v solution works well for my environment, although it lacks some of the higher end features of a VMWare solution.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    For a basic VM solution, Hyper-v is easy and reliable. For a solution that includes more HA and DR processes, go with VMWare.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    The cost... FREE.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Limited access to USB devices in the VMs.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Added support for more physical devices in the VM, e.g. UFDs.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Nothing


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V

    Easy Implementation and Migration

    Overall Comment

    Great product. It keeps getting better.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Start small, do lots of tests

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easy implementation

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    No dislikes

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    No comments

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    No comments


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2

    Implementation was easy

    Overall Comment

    Easy to Install. Easy to update

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    take your time. Check all prerequisites. Have a checklist.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Its microsoft

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Nothing so far

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    nothing


  • 2 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hyper - V easy and quick to deploy

    Overall Comment

    Products are good but MS Services are very diffucult to work with and rarely meet their deadlines

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    leverage technet

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    ease of use

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    constant need for patches

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Improved service delivery and offerings

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Deploy Hyper-v universally instead of combination of Hyper-V and VMWare


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V, System Center VMM, Windows Server 2012 R2

    Easy transition to virtualization, management could be better.

    Overall Comment

    Hyper-V continues to be a fit for those that are invested in Microsoft technologies. If Microsoft would expand the management capability of either Hyper-V or simplify the deployment of VMM, they could push beyond VMware. There are still some issues that are only fixed with a reboot, something that doesn't happen in VMware.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V

    Hyper-v has matured to the point where we are able to virtualize 95% of our workload

    Overall Comment

    Hyper-v has matured to the point where we are able to virtualize 95% of our workload

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Make sure you have a good understanding of how os's are licensed on Hyper-V

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Cost

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Clustering could be a little easier to setup

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Provide better management tools

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Hyper-converge network and use at least 10Gb NICs

    Service & support - overall comment

    We did not require service and support from Microsoft


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V

    Why Hypervisor.

    Overall Comment

    A Certified staff has been difficult to source.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    train your staff before taking on a new platform DEV /OPs approach

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    have in-house expertise prior to launch

    Service & support - overall comment

    you must purchase premeir services intially


  • 2 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2

    Implementation is extremely hard given the Information Assurance (Security) issues.

    Overall Comment

    To many vulnerabilities.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Use Linux.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Not much.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It is consistently being updated against hack attacks.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Develop a stronger OS against vulnerabilities.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Use a different virtualization strategy.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2

    Better. Faster. Stonger.

    Overall Comment

    Windows Server 2012 R2 has been the easiest, fastest, and most stable Windows Server to date.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Install the desktop experience. Even though this is a server, the desktop experience enables disk cleanup which allows significant space savings.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    It's Windows and I do not need to navigate a complex CLI for most tasks!

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    No complaints.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    With so many patches and updates, some directories get very bloated (WinSxS).

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Wait for R2. The last two iterations of Windows Server have quickly been followed up with an R2 version. The R2 version has been superior to the original in every way. Watiing for R2 might be worth it.


  • 2 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V, System Center VMM, Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hyper-V is not as stable as VMware or Citrix XenServer

    Overall Comment

    Not as satisfy as VMware Virtualization. Hyper-V is unstable but has to adopt it due to mgmt.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    If cost is not a factor, VMware is a better solution compare to Hyper-V

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    cost

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    unreliable

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Make Hyper-V more stable and simplier to manage.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    We would stick with VMware if we could.


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Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

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4.2

Ability to understand your organization's needs

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4.3

Timely and complete response to product questions

(19)
3.9

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(18)
4.0
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Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

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4.0

How long did your deployment take?

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12 months or more


Availability of quality 3rd-party resources (integrators, service providers, etc.)

(16)
4.1

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(17)
3.9

Quality and availability of end-user training

(17)
4.1

Ease of deployment

(22)
4.0
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Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(20)
4.1

Did you purchase a support package from the vendor?

Yes

No

I’m unsure


Timeliness of vendor's response

(19)
4.1

Quality of technical support

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4.0

Quality of peer user community

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Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

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4.1

Computing

(20)
4.5

Storage

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4.3

Networking

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4.4

Range of OSs (Server)

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4.3

Range of OSs (Client)

(14)
4.1

Range of Applications

(18)
4.2

Availability and Recoverability

(17)
4.1

Security

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4.0

Management

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3.9

Automation and Scaling

(19)
3.6

Interoperability (Data Center)

(18)
4.0

Interoperability (Cloud)

(17)
4.1
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Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Rollout and Install

Maintenance and Support

Development/Integration

Functional Assessment

Technical Assessment

Vendor/Product Selection

Application Lead

Executive Sponsor

User Training

Vendor Management

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What other vendors were considered?

VMware

Microsoft

Citrix

Red Hat

Huawei

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Why did you purchase this product?

Cost management

Create internal/operational efficiencies

Drive innovation

Improve business process agility

Improve compliance and risk management

Improve business process outcomes

Reduce time to market

Enhance decision making

Drive revenue growth

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What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Better, faster decisions

Reduce external IT costs

Reduce IT head count

Reduce other non-IT costs

Workload-specific requirements

Customer satisfaction

Reduce LOB head count

Expand types of analysis

Increased revenue

Link KPIs to corporate objectives

Make better insights available to more people

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In which region(s) did your deployment take place?

North America

Europe, Middle East and Africa

APAC

Asia/Pacific

EMEA

Latin America