Mitch Garvis, a veteran trainer, consultant, Microsoft MVP and VMware VCP, has published a thorough independent analysis of his thoughts concerning Hyper-V 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 vs VMware ESXi 5.1.  If you are currently evaluating Datacenter Virtualization and Private Cloud solutions for your IT shop, I strongly encourage you to read through Mitch's detailed comparison using the link below:

Jump start your own Private Cloud Evaluation process ...

But, don't stop there … the only way to conduct a true comparison that's relevant for the unique aspects of your IT environment is to evaluate potential solutions head-to-head in your own lab.  To help jump-start your Private Cloud evaluation process, our Detroit MTC is offering a Private Cloud Immersion Workshop for Enterprise customers on Aug 10th.  During this one-day event, you'll learn how to leverage Windows Server and System Center 2012 to implement and manage a hybrid Private Cloud that integrates Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix hypervisors under a unified solution for common management tasks … perfect steps to take back into your lab for additional testing.

Other FREE downloads for building your evaluation environment ...

In addition, to support your own evaluation, we have the following free downloads available:

Be sure to include Service Pack 1 in your evaluation ...

Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012 offers sooo many new features for System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center App Controller when building a private cloud solution - be sure to include SP1 in your evaluation!  Some of the most exciting (to me) new features in SP1 include:

  • Network Virtualization: Introduced in CTP1, the CTP2 release adds support for using DHCP to assign customer addresses and for using either the IP rewrite or IP encapsulation mechanism to virtualize the IP address of a virtual machine.
  • VHDX support: Introduced in CTP1, you can now convert from .vhd to .vhdx. In addition, placement determines the format of a VHD based on the OS of the destination host (when you create a virtual machine with a blank virtual hard disk), and the provisioning of a physical computer as a Hyper-V host supports the use of a .vhdx file as the base operating system image.
  • Storage Enhancements: Support for the new Windows Standards-Based Storage Management service, which enables you to discover storage by using multiple provider types. In addition, this release adds support for the thin provisioning of logical units, and for the discovery of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage.
  • Provisioning a Hyper-V Host Enhancements: Support for performing deep discovery to retrieve detailed information about physical network adapters.
  • Support for VMM Console Add-Ins: You can now create Add-Ins and extend the VMM console. Add-Ins allow you to enable new actions or additional configuration for VMM objects by writing an application that uses context passed about the selected VMM objects. You can also embed custom WPF UI or web portals directly into the console’s main views to provide a more fully-integrated experience.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Machine support: In addition to supporting Windows Azure PaaS workloads, App Controller adds support to the newly announced IaaS virtual machines in CTP2. You can easily deploy, manage, and operate Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
    Copy VMs from private cloud to public cloud: In CTP2, you can select a VMM private cloud VM and copy it to Windows Azure. App Controller makes upload disk, convert settings, and deploying a new virtual machine into an easy migrate flow!
    Hosting Provider support: In addition to on premises VMM private cloud and Windows Azure public cloud, App Controller supports connecting to VMM clouds at a hosting provider.  You can connect to a hosting provider and manage user access to these clouds. You can also deploy, manage, and operate virtual machines at the hosting provider. 

Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012 is currently available as a Customer Technology Preview (CTP).  As with all pre-release versions of software, this release is intended for testing in an evaluation environment only and is not supported for managing production workloads.

HTH,

Keith