- Microsoft Private Cloud allows for unlimited virtualization without incurring any additional licensing fees. A side by side comparison with VMware shows Microsoft is between 4.8 and 6 times cheaper.
- Microsoft provides Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 for free, including all enterprise capabilities. VMware requires you to upgrade to vSphere Enterprise Plus at a significant additional cost.
- The new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is significantly more scalable than vSphere supporting twice as much physical memory (4 TB), twice as many logical processors (320) and 32 times as much storage per VM (64 TB).
- VMware relies on expensive 3rd party solutions for capabilities like Network Virtualization meaning more overhead to manage and higher costs. Microsoft provides this functionality natively in the new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
- Microsoft supports over twice the density that VMware offers meaning 8,000 VMs per cluster in a Microsoft Private Cloud.
Cloud computing is inherently complex and Microsoft has been extremely successful in simplifying this process for its customers. In a nutshell, Microsoft offers more choices in the cloud, with more flexibility and more value for money.
To see a full list of the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V click here.