Is Hyper-V skyrocketing to success?

I admit that I’m a big fan of Hyper-V, but I’ve always also been a big fan of vSphere and am a two-time vExpert with a lot of years of experience with vSphere.  But, I always believe in taking a “right tool for the right job” view of new solutions.  If you’ve looked at Hyper-V 2012, you have seen that the product has, in many ways, caught up to vSphere, although vSphere admins still enjoy a much more pleasant overall administrative experience.

And, although I do like what Microsoft has done with Hyper-V 2012, even I was surprised at the results of a couple of very informal polls performed this week.  One poll was to a group of attendees at a backup discussion.  A full 48% of the people in attendance indicated that they are running Hyper-V in some capacity.  In another informal poll of around 70 respondents, results indicated that 70% or so were running vSphere and 52% were running Hyper-V.  No matter how you look at it, this means that Hyper-V is being run in some vSphere shops and is likely running as the sole hypervisor in others.

Here are some questions I’d like to ask readers:

  • Do you believe that Hyper-V 2012 has the potential to eventually dethrone vSphere?
  • For organizations running multiple hypervisors, are they running the two side by side for different purposes or attempting to find ways to phase vSphere out in favor of Hyper-V?
  • How do you feel about the Hyper-V management experience?

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