Microsoft provides you with the most comprehensive set of technologies to evolve your datacenter over time. Whether you want to virtualize, build a private cloud, scale your services through a public cloud, or have a mix of all three, Microsoft datacenter solutions can help you better manage your datacenter today and accelerate your journey towards cloud computing.
Hyper-V is an integral part of Windows Server and provides a foundational virtualization platform that enables you to transition to the cloud. With Windows Server 2008 R2 you get a compelling solution for core virtualization scenarios – production server consolidation, dynamic datacenter, business continuity, VDI and test & development.
This means you can easily integrate it with your existing infrastructure and management tools. Hyper-V exists in 2 variations- as a free standalone product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 and as an installable role in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Since Hyper-V is an integral part of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, it provides great value by enabling IT Professionals to continue to utilize their familiarity with Windows, and the collective knowledge of the community, while minimizing the learning curve.
With Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 you get a compelling solution for core virtualization scenarios – production server consolidation, dynamic datacenter, business continuity, VDI and test & development. Hyper-V provides you better flexibility with features like live migration and cluster shared volumes for storage flexibility. Hyper-V also delivers greater scalability with support for up to 64 logical processors and improved performance with support for dynamic memory and enhanced networking support.
Hyper-V enables businesses to increase availability, improve agility, and overcome scalability and performance concerns. IT organizations can lower costs with built-in hypervisor support and benefit from existing skill sets to automate and monitor their environments using tools with which their staff are already familiar.
Hyper-V Key Features:
- Dynamic Memory – Dynamic Memory enables customers to better utilize the memory resources of Hyper-V hosts by balancing how memory is distributed between running virtual machines.
- Live Migration – Data-centers with multiple Hyper-V physical hosts can move running virtual machines, VMs, to the best physical computer for performance, scaling, or optimal consolidation without affecting users; thereby reducing costs and increasing productivity.
- Hardware Support for Hyper-V Virtual Machines – Windows Server 2008 R2 now supports up to 64 logical processors in the host processor pool. This is a significant upgrade from previous versions and allows not only greater VM density per host, but also gives IT administrators more flexibility in assigning CPU resources to VMs.
- Cluster Shared Volumes – Hyper-V uses Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) storage to simplify and enhance shared storage usage. CSV enables multiple Windows Servers to access SAN storage using a single consistent namespace for all volumes on all hosts.
- Cluster Node Connectivity Fault Tolerance – The CSV architecture implements a mechanism, known as dynamic I/O redirection, where I/O can be rerouted within the failover cluster based on connection availability.
- Enhanced Cluster Validation Tool – Windows Server 2008 R2 includes a Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for all major server roles, including Failover Clustering. This analyzer examines the best practices configuration settings for a cluster and cluster nodes.
- Management of Virtual Datacenters
- Virtual Networking Performance
- Performance & Power Consumption - Hyper-V now supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), which uses new features on today’s CPUs to improve VM performance while reducing processing load on the Windows Hypervisor
- Networking Support
- Dynamic VM storage - Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V supports hot plug-in and hot removal of storage
- Broad OS Support - Broad support for simultaneously running different types of operating systems, including 32-bit and 64-bit systems across different server platforms, such as Windows, Linux, and others
- Network Load Balancing - Hyper-V includes new virtual switch capabilities
- New Hardware Sharing Architecture - With the new virtual service provider/virtual service client (VSP/VSC) architecture, Hyper-V provides improved access and utilization of core resources, such as disk, networking, and video.
- Virtual Machine Snapshot - Hyper-V provides the ability to take snapshots of a running virtual machine so you can easily revert to a previous state, and improve the overall backup and recoverability solution.
- Extensibility – Standards-based Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interfaces and APIs in Hyper-V enable independent software vendors and developers to quickly build custom tools, utilities, and enhancements for the virtualization platform.
Microsoft delivers physical, virtual, and cross-platform management.
The more you virtualize, the more complex your environment can become – and the more critical management is to enabling a cost-effective, dynamic infrastructure. Microsoft System Center 2012 gives you a unified set of integrated management functionality for your physical, virtual, private and public cloud environments, and is the only solution that lets you manage both Hyper-V and VMware, all through one console view.
VMware’s answer to management is to use VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter along with several other fragmented point solutions, but even this combination falls short: you still can’t manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources, or applications.
Reduce Costs & TCO
You are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and ensure the best return on investment possible. With Microsoft Virtualization you can lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) by:
- Reducing power consumption and datacenter space
- Increasing hardware utilization
- Lowering upfront costs, including licensing fees
- Simplifying application and desktop lifecycle management
- Lowering operational costs for both maintenance and training
- Leveraging your Windows Server skills already in place
- Utilizing already purchased Windows Server capabilities
Increase Availability of Services
Microsoft Virtualization gives you the opportunity to increase the availability of services, thereby increasing end user satisfaction. With Microsoft Virtualization you can increase availability by:
- Improving service levels
- Minimizing disruption t services
- Enhancing desktop business continuity
- Providing access to applications regardless of location
- Reducing application and user data deployment time
Improve Business Agility
Microsoft Virtualization helps your business become more flexible and adaptable. You can provide the IT resources your organization needs when you need them, and improve business agility by:
- Integrating physical, virtual, and application management
- Accelerating responses to changing business needs
- Performing flexible desktop deployments
- Easily migrating to a new version of Windows
- Providing capacity on demand