How Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization Platform Reduces Cost
Thursday December 30, 2010
The Microsoft Hyper-V is a dependable virtualization platform that gives customers the ability to reduce their costs by virtualizing their infrastructure. The Hyper-V is available as a server core role and has micro-kernelized hypervisor architecture. The new hypervisor platform works with Windows Server 2008 to create and manage an efficient virtual infrastructure.
The Microsoft Hyper-V contains 64-bit micro-kernelized hypervisor (an efficient small set of code) architecture which allows the Hyper-V to provide a wide range of support methods as well as improved security and performance. All of the virtual partitions communicate with hardware through the hypervisor for the purpose of coordinating the calls. Its integrated management allows users to manage both their virtual and physical resources through the use of a single set of tools. Customers are able to leverage existing management and support tools, provisioning, and processes. Available as a feature of Windows Server 2008, customers can utilize the wealth of solutions from Microsoft’s partners as well as the wide-ranging support provided by Microsoft.
The Microsoft Hyper-V provides broad OS Support for running various types of operating systems at the same time. This includes the 32-bit and 64-bit systems across such server platforms as Linux, Windows, and more. The Microsoft Hyper-V is also able to support up to 4 multiple processors in a virtual machine setting which allows customers to benefit from multi-threaded applications.
When you use the Hyper-V, you will benefit from its virtual switch capabilities. This allows the virtual machines to be configured to run with Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) Service in order to balance load on different servers across virtual machines. You will also benefit from hardware sharing architecture which improves the utilization and access of core resources such as video, networking, and disk.
Hyper-V facilitates fast migration from one physical host system to another system of a running virtual machine with negligible downtime. As well, you will have high-availability capabilities of the system management tools and the Windows Server. With a Hyper-V, you can take snapshots of a running virtual machine allowing you to improve recoverability, back-up systems, and easily move back to a prior state.
Because of improved memory access and the support of numerous processors and cores, you will be able to vertically scale your system to support a large quantity of virtual machines while continuing to leverage migration for scalability across numerous hosts. Independent software developers and vendors can build custom enhancements, utilities, and tools quickly for the virtualization platform due to the WMI interfaces and APIs in Hyper-V. Microsoft provides its new hypervisor at minimal cost and the wide range of features makes Hyper-V a great business investment.