Comparison of Hyper-V, Hyper-V Server, VMware ESXi, Xen and Parallels Bare Metal (Community Wiki)

Posted by Andrew J. Brehm on Server Fault See other posts from Server Fault or by Andrew J. Brehm
Published on 2011-01-07T13:20:32Z Indexed on 2011/01/07 13:55 UTC
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Can we use this question to collect information and the pros and cons of each of the above products?

Specifically I am wondering whethere there is any sane reason to use Hyper-V (the role built into Windows Server) over Hyper-V server (the stand-alone product based on the same technology) and what exactly the differences are between ESXi, Xen and Hyper-V and why nobody seems to use Parallels Bare Metal.

Make this a Community Wiki. I want comparisons, not reputation.

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