Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere – Scale

Windows Server 2012 RC Logo

I am still working on my diploma thesis and this is another comparison between Hyper-V and VMware.

This time it is about scale, in the  TechEd session “VIR311 – Compete to Win | Part I: Comparing Core Virtualization Platforms” from Matt McSpirit (@mattmcspirit) did some great work comparing the two hypervisors. I know scale is not everything but Microsoft made huge improvements to Hyper-V 2012.

System Resource Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Hyper-V VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.0 VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus
Host Logical Processors 320 160 160
Physical Memory 4 TB 32 GB 2 TB
Virtual CPUs per Host 2048 2048 2048
VM Virtual CPUs per VM 64 8 32
Memory per VM 1 TB 32 GB 1 TB
Maximum Virtual Disk 64 TB 2 TB 2 TB
Active VMs per Host 1024 512 512
Cluster Maximum Nodes 64 N/A 32
Maximum VMs 8000 N/A 3000

Check out my Blog post Hyper-V 2012 – Hey I Just Met You And This Is Crazy for more information about the latest version of Hyper-V.