Posts Tagged ‘Hyper-V 3.0’

Simplify the Move to Hyper-V with V2V Easy Converter

December 13th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

Conversions from vSphere to Hyper-V made easy with the 5nine’s free VM conversion tool.

A free tool was released by Microsoft for beta testing back at the TechEd 2012, which would assist admins of vSphere convert their Windows VMs into Hyper-V. However, now there is a better alternative, V2V Easy Converter by 5nine.

5nine has been developing paid and free tools especially for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Their Anti-Malware and v-Firewall got a good attention in many sessions at the TechEd, since it was the only firewall option for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V at that time, which used the extensible switch of new Hyper-V 3.0.

Simplify the Move to Hyper-V with V2V Easy Converter

Features offered by 5nine’s new VM converter:

  • * Converting vSphere virtual machines to Hyper-V while they are running.
  • * Support for converting guest virtual machines with shared disks and big virtual disks
  • * 10x faster than the Microsoft’s tool.

V2V Easy Converter by 5nine

In addition to Windows guests, the 5nine’s tool also supports CentOS and Ubuntu.

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Up to 50% Performance enhancement for Hyper-V with V-locity 4

December 11th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Condusiv Technologies, the software company based in Burbank, California, which offers high-performance software that optimizes virtual machines, enhances server performance, instantly restores lost files and increases the speed of slow PCs, has released the new edition of V-locity, V-locity 4.

Up to 50 percent Performance enhancement for Hyper-V with V-locity 4

The latest edition of the VM acceleration software, V-locity 4, optimizes writes and reads, which enables rapid applications and much more VMs (Virtual Machines) on one physical server, and do it without needing to add any extra storage hardware.

V-locity 4 can increase the performance of the VMs up to 50 percent without having to put up with the cost having to add additional or new storage hardware.

V-locity 4 also hugely improves the competence and efficiency of a Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtual platform by eliminating the application bottlenecks transparently and proactively at its source.

The benefits of using V-locity 4, which comes at a fraction of the cost:

  • Increase the VM density per each physical server  - up to 50 percent
  • Increase application and VM performance – up to 50 percent
  • Improve latency on active data – up to 50 percent
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“Hyper-V is cheap in some cases” – VMware

December 6th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

One of the latest online calculators indicates that the server virtualization application of VMware is much more expensive when compared to Microsoft’s Hyper-V. To the surprise of many, VMware is the source that came up with the new calculator.

The results of the new calculator are emphasized in a gloating post by Microsoft in its blog. The blog post shows that the vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus edition is 19% more costly than the Hyper-V 3.0 by Microsoft with System Center 2012, when operating 100 VMs (virtual machines) with iSCSI SAN. Some of the other configurations also seem to point out that VMware is more expensive than Hyper-V, like when running 150 virtual machines (6% more expensive than Hyper-V).

Hyper-V is cheap in some cases - VMware

While this seems to be embarrassing for the VMware, the new development could be seen as just one of the tiny parts of backbiting, which keeps going on for a while. And Microsoft has also pointed out that even when the complete vCloud Suite’s taken to account, the figures are still off.

However, most of the researchers have stated that the real overall price for both platforms, Hyper-V and VMware, is heavily dependent on the type of virtualized workload and the IT shop’s size.

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Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gets Closer to VMware

November 30th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

With the new release of Hyper-V 3.0, Microsoft has added many new features to its Hyper-V Hypervisor, consequently pushing it even closer to its main rival, VMware.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gets Closer to VMware

Microsoft’s new improvements in the product positioning, has enabled it to pitch Hyper-V as a better substitute to VMware. The thing that the virtualization world is looking at is the fact that Microsoft deciding to offer many free features to its customers with Hyper-V, which they will have to pay for if they are going for VMware.

The new features come together with the Windows Server 2012, which is much more agile when it comes to moving the workloads around, and is also more flexible. The other improvements include combining several network adapters in order to handle load balancing, the ability of using direct attached storage and hefty memory support.

In addition Microsoft has made Hyper-V cheaper, making it immensely attractive to medium and small ventures.

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Stage set for the virtualization showdown

November 14th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers
 

The Hyper-V 3.0, which is included as part of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012, is now in competition with its main opponent, the vSphere 5 by VMware Inc.

Hyper-V 3.0 vs vSphere 5

Many IT professionals do not see the licensing changes of Windows Server 2012 would have a huge impact on the VMware vs. Hyper-V prizefight.
Chris Steffen, the principal technical architect of Kroll Factual Data, the leading provider of independent verification services, also pointed out to the fact that VMware Inc. has always been recommending Windows Datacenter edition.

However, experts say that Microsoft is going to keep the feet of VMware to the fire as it is continually bundling up many new advancing hypervisor features to its Windows operating system.

Nevertheless, If Microsoft does succeed with its new Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V3.0, VMware Inc. might have to seriously think about changing its approach.

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Licensing feature for Hyper-V Removed from Windows Server 2012

November 12th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

Microsoft has eliminated the Enterprise edition along with the general availability of Windows Server 2012. However, the customers of Hyper-V are stating that the SKU is giving more nuisances than it was worth in the virtual environments.

IT professionals would have 2 options with the new licensing of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012: Standard or Datacenter.

Licensing feature for Hyper-V Removed from Windows Server 2012

Standard is priced at $882 / host with 2 virtual OS instances and the Datacenter edition is priced at $4,809 per 2 processors plus unlimited virtual OS instances.

However, the elimination of the Enterprise edition is a long time upcoming. Microsoft has tried to simplify the licensing process for Windows server several times in the past and had failed every single time. It seems that this time they are trying to put together an attempt to make things easier to the point that an average mortal could understand what is going on.

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Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

November 2nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server
 

Although Windows Server 2012 was released for general availability on the 4th of September, the virtualization shops that is looking forward to set up the latest version of Hyper-V on their stations will have to wait until Microsoft releases the SP1 to manage the Hyper-V hosts, which are running the new Operating System.

According to the documentation issued by Microsoft, the version of the System Center 2012 that is currently shipping will only support the Hyper-V hosts that are running Windows Server 2008.

Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

In the meantime, the System Center 2012 SP1 (Service Pack 1), the version that is compatible with Hyper-V 3.0 (aka Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V), is in the 2nd Community Technology Preview, which is a pre-beta version that won’t be used by most of users in production.

However, the System Center 2012 SP1 is one of the necessities to take benefit of the new features in Hyper-V 3.0 such as NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), enhanced backup support for CSVs (Cluster Shared Volumes) and enhancements in live migration.

Up till now, Microsoft has not stated a timing frame for the release candidate or the RTM (release to manufacturers) for SP1. According to the sources, even Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program or the Most Valuable Professional communities have not received any news about the release.

However, Microsoft officials stated that the exact information about Windows System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 would be revealed in the months to come.

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Admins Seem To Be Happy With the New Virtual Storage Technique of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

November 1st, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

Recently the virtual storage market has seen many changes and has expanded.

However, when backups and virtual machines eat up the storage in the virtualized environment, what every admin thinks of doing is to go for an upgrade. Although an upgrade might provide the admins with additional storage, they usually do not come very cheap. And a storage migration process can easily turn in to headaches.

Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

Microsoft has decided to improve storage features of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0. And the specialized Hyper-V vendors have developed many tools and add-ons to optimize the storage performance. And the virtualization world seems to be pretty happy about Microsoft’s decision.

According to the storage industry analyst and Microsoft MVP, Stephen Foskett, most people have been waiting for something like vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). And with the new update, the entire Windows Server world will get it.

Since Microsoft released their Windows Server 2012 back in September, most of the industry experts have been testing the new feature, functionality and the tool itself, which adds more fuel to the vSphere versus Microsoft Hyper-V fire. And as for the news we have right now, many Microsoft customers are highly enthusiastic about the storage upgrades in Windows Server 2012.

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