Hyper-V R2 – Windows 2008 R2 : features
I am very happy that finally Microsoft will release the Live Migration on Windows 2008 R2. This feature is essential in DataCenters operations, like Vmware do.
I think that the adoption of Virtualization scenarios will increase next years. Not just Microsoft and Vmware offer good virtualization solutions, but Novell with Zen too.
Virtualization is an awesome technology. It provides numerous benefits for reducing overall TCO, one of the most obvious benefits being power consumption and licenses savings.
But I would like to think that just virtualization by virtualization is not the only path. We need a good Management/Backup Solution to manage the virtualization scenarios and Microsoft go beyond this with System Center Family that offer inclusive the option to manage Vmware ESX scenarios.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server R2 Beta includes:
- Live migration: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 includes support for live migration. Live migration enables customers to move running applications between servers without service interruptions. Live Migration is key for availability and scalability in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) support coming in R2 server.
- Failover clustering: The initial release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 did not include support for failover clustering. But the R2 beta release includes host clustering technology that enables support for unplanned downtime. Unplanned downtime is the more difficult one, where a server is unexpectedly powered off and you want the virtual machines running on that server to automatically restart on another server without user intervention
- Increased processor and memory support: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta now supports up to 8-socket physical systems and provides support for up to 32 cores. In addition, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta supports up to 1TB of RAM on a physical system.
- Updated Hyper-V Configuration Utility: The Hyper-V Configuration utility is designed to simplify the most common initial configuration tasks. It helps you configure the initial configuration settings without having to type long command-line strings. New configuration options have been added such as Remote Management Configuration, Failover Clustering Configuration, and Additional Options for Updates.
If you want to manage the environment, you’ll have to stick with the command-line options for now.
And to complete :
The System Center team is currently working on an update for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 that will support Hyper-V Server R2.
Wnat to see a demo of the new live migration ?