Smoked by Windows Hyper-V Server 8 Beta.

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You may have seen the "Smoked by Windows Phone" ad campaign, where a Windows Phone does something faster than another phone.   Well how about "Smoked by Hyper-V Server" challenge?  

 

As part of my initiative to "Do IT the Microsoft way", I set about switching over from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V.  After installing Hyper-V Server 8 Beta, I noticed it seemed to boot a lot faster.  This gave me the idea to have my own little "Smoked by Hyper-V Server" challenge.
 

For this challenge, I used the exact same server, and timed how long it took to boot, starting with the server completely powered off, and ending when a logon screen became available.   The server used was an old Intel Core 2 Duo 6400 2.13GHz with only 4GB of RAM, and three 80 GB SATA hard drive. 

 

VMWare ESXi 4.1 Boot time: 6 minutes and 23 seconds.

 

Hyper-V Server 8 Beta Boot time: 59 seconds.

 

Both of these are FREE bare metal hypervisors.  As you can see, even on those very old hardware, Hyper-V Server boots almost 6x faster than ESXi!