Posts Tagged ‘Hyper-V Server 2012’

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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“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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Suncorp scopes Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

November 22nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

Suncorp, the Australian Second-tier general insurance, banking, life insurance and wealth management giant, has stated that it has already evaluated deploying the new Windows Server 2012 server OS and the Hyper-V 3.0 virtualization platform by Microsoft. At the same time, they will be reducing the usage of the rival technology of VMware.

Suncorp scopes Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

In an wide-ranging case study done by Microsoft, shows that the company, one of the largest banks in Australia, with more than 16,000 staff members, is using software developed by both VMware and Citrix (XenApp).

Recently, when Windows Server 2012 along with Hyper-V 3.0 came into play, the technology use of the bank started setting up a virtual environment in order to analyze the replication of its VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).

It seems that Microsoft has started to stick the new Hyper-V knife into VMware within Australia. Many big organizations such as the NSW Department of Education, Coles and ING Direct have already decided to make the switch to Hyper-V.

However, VMware has been able to stay as the leading player in Australian virtualization market for a long time and is still strongly holding its place. Recently they also abandoned the licensing model which was memory-based, as the local customers were criticizing it.

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Windows Server 2008 trying to catch up with Linux

November 15th, 2012    Posted in Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server
 

Windows Server 2008 can never become Linux. And it is not likely that Windows could persuade the loyal users of Linux away from the open source OS anytime soon.

Windows Server 2008 trying to catch up with Linux

However, the Server Core and PowerShell, 2 of the most “talked about” features in Windows Server 2008, have solved the long-lamenting shortcomings of Windows in a Linux-like fashion. And this is expected to ease the concerns of restless Unix administrators to migrate to Linux, stated Al Gillen, analyst of IDC (International Data Corporation).

He also stated that as Microsoft keeps working on erasing the objections (by adding features like Server Core and PowerShell), the harder it would become for the admins in the “Unixland” to claim that Microsoft’s Windows Server does not meet their requirements.

The Windows Server 2008 offers a list of improvements that makes it a much better and much more competitive product in the market, but the above 2 features are specifically introduced to fill the gaps between the functionality of Unix or Linux and Windows.

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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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Analysts Say that Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 Ultimately Provides Low Cost

November 8th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Some of the datacenter analysts state that moving existing applications and from the older versions of the Windows Server, could cost a smaller amount than trying to port those applications to the earlier versions of the Windows Server, as the new version has many improved abilities. The Program vice president, system software for International Data Corporation (IDC), Al Gillen, says that Windows Server 2012 is a non-disruptive and sequential when taken from an installed application perspective.

Analysts Say that Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Provides Ultimately Low Cost

Gillian also believes that the best technique to get on top of Windows Server 2012 would be to deploy it in the role of the hypervisor. According to him, by that way you can benefit from the new storage management, new hypervisor and the capability of rolling your existing Windows Server 2003 applications onto the latest infrastructure. So you won’t have to struggle with typical time and costs of moving the applications from the older version of Windows Server.

Gillen also added that the fact that Microsoft is planning to put an end to extended technical support for Windows Server 2003, and also planning to discontinue mainstream technical support for Windows Server 2008 in 2015, could be one of the most intimidating factors for some users to shift to Windows Server 2012 earlier rather than later.

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Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

November 5th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server
 

According to the channel partners and IT shops of Microsoft and VMware, when they compare the publicly available prices of the IT giants, the figures of both should be taken together with a pinch of salt, due to the fact that both these vendors are negotiating prices in order to capture territory in the virtualization market.

In theory, comparison between the published price lists for Microsoft and VMware virtualization tools differentiate according to many factors like the scale of the virtual environment, the kind of operating system that’s been virtualized, and also on the management tools that a particular customer buys.

However, there are many theoretical nitpicks, which surround operational efficiency, VM density and also the ever-elusive notion of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

As of now, for the customers of Microsoft, the best thing to do if they want to negotiate for a better price is to enter into an EA (Enterprise Agreement) with Microsoft. And the users of virtualization can also get a hold of the ECI (Enrollment for Core Infrastructure) that delivers Microsoft System Center 2012 and Windows Server OS together, which is cheaper than licensing those two products separately.

Although the ECI prices are different from organization to organization, the prices almost always drop well underneath the list prices.

In addition, Microsoft also offers generous discounts for the organizations that are in the field of education. Some educational organizations, such as the Olin Business School in Washington University (St. Louis), have reported that they are only paying $150 for a processor, which is actually priced at $2,357. That’s more than a 93% discount. And although VMware also offers academic discounts, they never even get close to that scale.

However, VMware is up for negotiations as well. VMware will offer discounts up to 50% Large VMware shops via the ELAs (Enterprise License Agreements). And according to VMware experts, almost no one pays the list price for anything.

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

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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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