Virtualisation is one of the hottest trends in IT today. This is no accident. While a variety of technologies fall under the virtualisation banner, all of them are changing the IT world in significant ways.
Beginning with Windows Server 2008, server virtualization using Hyper-V technology has been an integral part of the operating system. Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces a new version of Hyper-V. Hyper-V makes it easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008.
•Increased availability for virtualized data centres through enhancements such as Live Migration
•Improved management of virtualized data centres through Powershell and System Centre integration
•Increased Performance and Hardware Support for Hyper-V Virtual Machines via 64 logical processor support and processor compatibility mode
•Improved Virtual Networking Performance through new networking technologies
•A simplified method for physical and virtual computer deployments by using .vhd files
•Designed to provide a secure computing platform across both physical and virtual environments, enabled through next-generation architecture and security features
There are many reasons and businesses consider switching to virtualisation. Some
of the reasons are financial, while others address technical and physical concerns.
Server virtualisation saves space through computer hardware consolidation. Currently in Small/Medium Businesses it is common practice to dedicate one server to a single application. But with virtualisation several applications share the same Server and only use a small amount of processing power, you can then consolidate several machines into one server running multiple virtual environments in several or different Operating Systems. For companies that have a larger number of servers, the need for physical space can decrease significantly.
Server virtualisation provides a way for companies to practice redundancy without purchasing additional hardware. Redundancy refers to running the same application on multiple servers. It's a safety measure. If a server fails for any reason, another server running the same application can take its place.
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