Comparison between VMware vSphere 6 and Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2

VMware released the vSphere 6 recently, so let’s compare Key features/Scalability between vSphere 6 and Microsoft Hyper-v 2012 R2

Features/Resource Scalability VMware vSphere 6   Microsoft Hyper-v 2012 R2
Physical Memory(RAM) Per Host 12TB 4TB
Physical CPU’s  Per Host 480 320
Max. Virtual Machines Per Host 2048 1024
Max. Virtual Machine Memory(RAM) 4TB 1TB
 Nested Hypervisor Compatibilty Yes No
Maximum vCPUs per Virtual Machine 128 64
VM Hardware Version 11 Generation 2 VMs
Hot-Add Yes to All Only Disks
Hosts Per Cluster 64 64
Virtual Machines Per Cluster 8000 8000
Guest OS Licensing One SLES Subscription per active SnS Unlimited Windows Server VM’s
Central Management vCenter Server System Center 2012 R2
Management Tolls Web ClientvSphere Client SCVMM ConsoleHyper-V Manager
Advanced Operation Management vSphere Operations Management System Center Operations Manager
Network Virtualization NVGRE VXLAN/NSX
Storage Virtualization Storage spaces vSAN
Software- defined Security ESXi Firewall, vCloud Networking and Security Windows Security, Hyper-V Extensible Switch
Virtula Machine Live Migration Yes Yes
Shared-Nothing live migration Yes (Only from Web-Client) Yes
Integrated High Availability Yes (vSphere HA) Yes(Fail-Over Cluster)
Fault Tolerance for VM Yes No


Some of the key features which are supported in / available from vSphere 6 only are discussed in the previous post “Key Features and Configuration maximum differences between vSphere 5.5 & vSphere 6″

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