The way to migrate to Hyper-V / Azure : Introduction

Today, i’m going to talk about the ways to migrate to a  Microsoft virtualization technology from a no-Microsoft Virtualization technology.

The two Microsoft technologies i’m talking about are:

  • Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Azure

And the no-Microsoft technologies are:

  • VMware
  • Physical servers
  • Public Cloud Platforms (AWS…)

Let’s begin with a short history. VMware was always and still the leader of the virtulization market share. But with the release of Hyper-V in 2008 (With Windows Server 2008), rules changed. I’m not saying that Hyper-V 2008 was perfect or was competitive regards VMware, but i’m saying that this was the beginning of a new two horses course.

The real competition began with the announcement of Windows Server 2012 (Hyper-V 3.0) and the competitive advantages of Hyper-V 2012 compared to VMware, in scalability, performance or on a feature perspective. ( See here)

Hyper-V become a first class enterprise visualization technology that enterprises can trust, deploy and use to run production and sensitive enterprise workloads. The following picture shows the hypervisor share growth, and how Hyper-V is gaining in share of shipment while VMware declines.

Hypervisor share growth

Also Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a leader along with VMware in the x86 Virtualization Magic Quadrant (See here)

Gartner 2014 Virtualization MQ

Also, regarding the Public Cloud platforms, today Microsoft is a leader in the Iaas (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and Storage services. The following are the Gartner 2014 MQ results (See here)

Gartner 2014 Public Cloud IaasS MQ

Gartner 2014 Iaas MQ

Gartner 2014 Public Cloud PaasS MQ

 Gartner 2014 PaaS MQ

Gartner 2014 Public Cloud Storage MQ

Gartner 2014 Storage Services MQ

As a result, and to provide users a way to pass from all these technologies to Hyper-V, Microsoft started delivering tools and solutions to perform such migrations. In this blog series, i will talk about those tools and try to explain the options of using them.

The series is divided into 4 parts:

  1. The way to migrate to Hyper-V / Azure : Introduction
  2. The way to migrate  VMware to Hyper-V: SCVMM V2V
  3. The way to migrate VMware/Physical to  Hyper-V / Azure: MVMC/MAT
  4. The way to migrate from anywhere to Azure: Migration Accelerator (MA)
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