Archive for May, 2012

VMware to Hyper-V

May 31st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V

Most of the IT pros are looking forward to move to Hyper-V from VMware, when Windows Server 2012, with its new virtualization management tools and the new version of Hyper-V, hits the market later this year.  One of the main reasons for this decision is cost saving. Although it could be a challenging task, switching to hypervisors is a worthwhile move when cost saving becomes a concern.

Another main reason is its new server management tools. Server management tools that come with Windows Server 2012 treat virtual disk images and physical servers as equal citizens. Newly introduced architectural changes, like the latest architecture of the Active Directory’s Domain Services (that makes it much easier to virtualize domain controllers, while also making it easy to script configure Active Directory tasks, which enables quicker deployment into the cloud), are also seen as one of the main attractions in taking the decision of moving forward to hypervisors from VMware.

One of the VMware shops based in Chicago is planning to transfer the final VMware holdouts within their virtualization environment to Hyper-V, as soon as Windows Server 2012 hits the market. And “The Walsh Group”, the contractor and construction management company, that spreads their IT services among its main information center in Chicago and around 150 remote work sites, has estimated that they will be able to save more than $150,000 per year by witching to Microsoft’s new Hyper-V technology. The money will be saved by reducing VMware Inc. licensing and staffing costs. The estimation has been done by, Patrick Wirtz, the manager of technology innovation.

However, 20% of the server environment, which includes mission-critical ERP application and a small number of servers at remote job sites, will remain the same.

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Windows Server 2012, Powered with Hyper-V to Win Consumers from VMware

May 24th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, vps hosting

With Microsoft’s latest enhancements to their Windows Server 2012 and its Hyper-V technology, it now comes with a higher level of flexibility and performance. And it is reported that the new technology is also more secure than ever before. So most of the migration software vendors are now claiming that these new enhancements would make VMware clients to move towards Hyper-V.

Experts who were present at Microsoft IT workshop in Silicon Valley stated that with the new improvements to Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 and its Hyper-V technology, they are now a match for its main competitor VMware’s capabilities, and that it would give most of the datacenter operators a reason in order to switch to Microsoft from VMware.

Listed below are some of the numerous performance enhancements in Windows Server 2012 compared to its present version, Windows Server 2008 R2 – Service Pack 1.

  • Number of processors on server hardware – increased from 64 to 160
  • Number of virtual processors for each physical server – from 512 to 1024
  • Physical memory – from 1TB to 2TB
  • Virtual processors for each virtual server -from 4 to 32
  • Memory for each virtual machine – from 64GB to 1TB
  • Number of operational virtual machines – from 384 to 1024
  • Number of virtual nodes per single server cluster (Maximum) – from 16 to 64
  • Overall number of virtual machines – from 1000 to 4000

According to Chris Avis, the senior IT evangelist at Microsoft Corp., the level of security has also been improved. In addition, isolation in multi-tenant cloud environments has been improved, enabling the transferring of any virtual machines from one physical server to a different one, to be performed with no downtime. This would boost the efficiency on several metrics while also enabling network virtualization. These two features are improved by the addition of a Hyper-V Extensible Switch. He made these statements at an IT camp on Windows Server 2012, which was led by him at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, Calif, on May 17th.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012, which was previously known as “Windows Server 8 beta” will be widely available in the markets later this year.

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