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The virtualization market has matured over the last 10 years, and today in the x86 space, VMware is dominant, but Microsoft has been gaining market share slowly. This report compares the latest offerings from the two vendors to identify if Microsoft is closing the technology gap.


  • Both leading vendors in their latest product releases have focused on the same areas. In this report, we examine how these improvements compare.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn what the key differences are between the two hypervisor solutions, and how these translate to meeting the demands of business users.
  • Understand where Microsoft has closed the gap with VMware, and where VMware has extended its technology lead.

Key questions answered

  • Which of the two hypervisors is the best value for money?
  • What is the best way to evaluate virtualization needs against technology capabilities?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

Microsoft has significantly increased the capabilities of 2012 R2 Hyper-V

  • New enhancements in 2012 R2 Hyper-V
  • Performance and scale improvements mean Hyper-V is now more suited to enterprise-class, mission-critical workloads
  • High availability is now a feature of Hyper-V
  • Support beyond the Microsoft world demonstrates Hyper-V is becoming more open

VMware remains the technical and market leader, but the competition is narrowing the gap

  • New enhancements in vSphere 6.0 focus on five main areas, but scale and security are the most significant
  • Networking and storage is an area of increasing focus
  • VMware is a clear leader in terms of management and user experience due to its increased capabilities
  • Availability has been increased to accommodate many more different use cases


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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