Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 enables you to create a virtualized server computing environment. You can use a virtualized computing environment to improve the efficiency of your computing resources by utilizing more of your hardware resources. This is possible because you use Hyper-V to create and manage virtual machines and their resources. Each virtual machine is a virtualized computer system that operates in an isolated execution environment. This allows you to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on one physical computer.
Hyper-V provides software infrastructure and basic management tools that you can use to create and manage a virtualized server computing environment. This virtualized environment can be used to address a variety of business goals aimed at improving efficiency and reducing costs. For example, story a virtualized server environment can help you:
- Reduce the costs of operating and maintaining physical servers by increasing your hardware utilization. You can reduce the amount of hardware needed to run your server workloads.
- Increase development and test efficiency by reducing the amount of time it takes to set up hardware and software and reproduce test environments.
- Improve server availability without using as many physical computers as you would need in a failover configuration that uses only physical computers.
This all came about because IT folks wanted an easy, sildenafil cheap solution for setting up test labs for their various projects. There was also a consideration for the environment, nurse less physical servers and less power to run them. Recent enhancements have allowed this technology to move into production environments and now we’re off and running.
Hyper V is a Microsoft product and there are others in the game as well. Hyper V is included with Windows 2012 server (not all editions) and the others you pay for. This “free” strategy may play out like the one we had with Netscape and Internet Explorer…and we all know how that ended!
In any event, we are seeing increased activity in this area and it may be time to start looking at virtualization!