Results of Hyper-V survey

On August 12 three MVP’s (Aidan Finn, Damian Flynn and Hans Vredevoort) launched their first worldwide Hyper-V Survey dubbed The Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2011. The survey has been executed without any help or participation of Microsoft. At September 7 the results were published.

Hans, Aidan and Damian each wrote their own conclusions. It is an very interesting read for anyone. Especially to compare the installation, management and operations of Hyper-V compared to vSphere.

You will see different data and percentages in Hans and Aidan reports. Aidan’s report has much more info and gives good info for best practices. He only used the responses done by people using Hyper-V at work while Hans used all results for his conclusions (both n0t complete filled in surveys and private use of Hyper-V).  There seems to be an error in the software being used in the survey resulting in wrong percentages shown in Hans report.

Interesting is that 18% of the respondees answered ‘Lack of official documentation support statements and best practices from Microsoft’ to the question ‘What Was Your Biggest Challenges (Up To 3) With Deploying Hyper-V? There seems to be quite some work for Microsoft and bloggers here!

Nearly 49% of respondents chose Hyper-V because they have a Microsoft-centric network. 27% because it was cheaper.

It is also clear that most people (71%) are using the full Windows install and not the Server core install.

 It is also interesting to read that Dynamic disks and snapshots are not very much liked or supported by Microsoft.

Read the blog posting on the survey of Aidan Finn with links and info here.

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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