The latest entrant in the virtualization market, Microsoft Hyper-V, has become the talk of the town with its hypervisor targeted towards the midmarket segment. Now with Windows Server 2012 Virtualization, Hyper-V has introduced a set of valuable features and functionalities that make it all the more attractive as the new age virtualized solution for medium to large enterprises. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer:
- Hyper-V Replica: It is a free of cost disaster recovery tool available for enterprises that lets them create and maintain copies of virtual machines. The huge cost of maintaining a failover cluster is nullified with this functionality that replicates virtual machines from one host to another.
- VHDX Disk Format: The previous VHD format with virtual storage capacity of 2 TB is replaced with VHDX that offers space up to 64 TB, and that too with power failure resilience. This is 32 times more than what is offered by VMware.
- Cluster Scalability: Cluster scalability is greatly enhanced since it allows for more number of VMs per host, and more hosts per cluster. This too, is twice the number of VMs per host allowed by vSphere.
- Snapshots: Improved VM snapshots allows users to live merge snapshots in running virtual machines.
Other Impressive Features
- Networking and storage solutions at no extra cost
- According to ESG, a server running 12 Hyper-V virtual machines can support the needs of nearly 48,000 MS Exchange users.
- Also achieve complete mobility without investing in additional technologies using the networking features of System Center and Windows server.
- Reduce storage costs nearly by half using storage enhancements in Windows Server 2012.
Some other functionalities include Virtual Fiber Channel, Extensible Virtual Switch, Multi-tenancy, Offloaded data transfer, cross premise connectivity, storage resource pools, cloud backup etc. Learn more about all these features through Hyper-V Training and leverage these capabilities to optimize your virtual infrastructure and maximize data center efficiency.
With these set of capabilities, Windows Server Virtualization is giving competition to the market leader VMware and making its own distinct identity among customers with tier-one applications that demand clustering and high availability.