Virtualization: Cost-Effective Solutions from R. Lungariello
The technologies in Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V are cost-effective whether you’re building a private cloud or virtualizing your workloads. These are just two examples:
1. Technology Specialists, Fort Wayne IN Jay Tipton is the CEO of Technology Specialists. This company provides technology services to small business. He called on virtualization for a 15-employee firm that needed multiple e-commerce sites to run its business. The licenses for the software used to run the stores had to be managed separately.
Tipton claims that this business might have had to purchase and set up three hardware servers. It was able to purchase a single system to manage all three stores, each running separately with virtualization software.
2. HotSchedules Austin, Texas Microsoft customer HotSchedules offers online services as its core product offering. It must invest in the technology infrastructure to support its customers’ accounts in peak times. The company used to report that it took several weeks to provision a new server before it switched to virtual architecture.
This process can be cut to a matter of days or less with Hyper-V. The case study also reports that the company was able to reduce its power consumption by up to 77% by running 19 virtual machines on each of their physical servers HotSchedules. This is in comparison to the energy required to run a similar number of “real” systems.
Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V gives you the freedom to create a server environment that supports your business at any stage of your IT lifecycle. Here are some additional benefits:
Increase business flexibility Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V lets you live migrate virtual machines and can even migrate virtual machine storage independently. This is possible from outside a clustered environment or between two clusters.
Increase Support for Larger Workloads Windows Server 2012 with HyperV supports 64 virtual processors, 1 terabyte memory for Hyper-V guests, and 4,000 virtual machines in a 64-node cluster. You can use Hyper-V to support Offloaded Data Transfer, and Improved Quality of Service to ensure minimum bandwidth requirements (even network storage).
Increase Virtual Machine Availability. High-availability options include incremental back up support, enhancements to clustered environments that support virtual Fibre Channel adapters within virtual machines, and inbox network teaming. Windows Server 2012 HyperV can also use virtual storage via server message block file sharing. This new option is easy to set up and offers performance capabilities that rival those of Fibre Channel storage areas networks.
Improved handling of multi-tenant environments Hyper-V multitenancy offers new security and multi-tenant isolation capabilities. Virtual machines can be isolated even when they are stored on a single physical network or server. Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V offers new network virtualization features that can help you scale beyond virtual area network implementations. Virtual machines can be placed on any node, regardless of their IP address. This makes the network infrastructure virtually invisible.
Resource Metering is another capability that allows you to monitor the use of your virtualization environment and help with chargeback (external customers), as well as showback (internal accountant) scenarios.
You should offer more options Virtualization relies more on virtualization. This means that you must be able handle different types requests. Many of these requests fall under the umbrella of networking options. The Hyper-V Extensible switch within Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V provides an extensible, open switch that can be used to support management and security needs. You can either create your own extensions or use extensions from partners to meet these needs.
Hyper-V can be used with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 management tools for managing multiserver virtualization environments. You can now fully automate management tasks with Hyper-V and reduce administrative overhead costs.
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