Six Facts about Microsoft Hyper-V

Microsoft Hyper-V powers Azure, Azure Stack HCI, Windows Server, and more.

Myth: Microsoft Hyper-V has been discontinued.

Fact: Microsoft continues to invest heavily in Hyper-V.

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s core virtualization technology and is used in Azure, Azure Stack HCI, Windows Server, Windows client, and Xbox Live. Only Hyper-V Server 2019, the free, standalone version has been discontinued.

Myth: Hyper-V isn’t an enterprise-level solution.

Fact: 95% of Fortune 500 companies use Azure, which is powered by Hyper-V.

Hyper-V is used in over 65,000 enterprise data centers throughout the world. You can use standard Microsoft tools such as System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), PowerShell, and the Azure Portal to manage Hyper-V.

Myth: Hyper-V is difficult to learn and use.

Fact: Most VMware admins are familiar with the Microsoft ecosystem, including Windows, Office, and Azure. Hyper-V runs on the same familiar Microsoft stack.

Hyper-V uses the same management tools since it was introduced in 2008. You can use Windows Admin Center and the Azure Portal to manage your entire environment within a single pane of glass.

Myth: Hyper-V isn’t compatible with many infrastructures.

Fact: Hyper-V is compatible with Microsoft and mixed environments.

Hyper-V runs on most infrastructures using Windows Server, Azure Stack HCI, and Azure. In addition to running Windows guest VMs, it natively supports Linux and some Unix-based operating systems.

Myth: It’s difficult to migrate VMware VMs to Hyper-V.

Fact: There are multiple ways to easily migrate to Hyper-V.

Azure Migrate (public preview) is Microsoft’s native tool that enables you migrate VMs, while keeping all of your data on-premises. Many customers already use Veeam or Commvault for backup and recovery and they can be used to perform the migration. Both are compatible with VMware and Microsoft environments.

Myth: Microsoft customer support is terrible.

Fact: Microsoft has a dedicated Azure support team (different from Enterprise support) for Azure Stack HCI customers.

Joint support from DataON and Microsoft is included with your Integrated System for Azure Stack HCI subscription. You’ll have a single case number and warm handoffs to resolve your case quickly.

As part of the Windows Server Summit 2024, Jeff Woolsey delivered a session that covers the topic, “Microsoft Options for VMware Migration.” In this publicly available session, Jeff reviewed the various Microsoft solutions offerings including:

  • Azure VMware Solution
  • Azure VMs
  • Azure Stack HCI and more

Below are the links to those sessions:

Microsoft Options for VMware Migration

Ignite Session: What’s News In Windows Server 2025

Blog: The Future of Windows Server Hyper-V is Bright!

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