Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is here!


Hyper-V, a key feature of Windows Server 2008, released to manufacturing (RTM) today and is available for deployment into production environments. A beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 and this update provides the final release. 


 


This release is a market-changer in the Virtualization space, and if you have not already begun evaluating it, I encourage you to start now.  When using Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 Datacenter - about $3000 per processor list (Microsoft makes no distinction with “cores” — a dual CPU, quad-core system is only two processors) - you get use of unlimited licenses of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 R2.  Other points of interest:


 


Already deployed at scale and load on large Microsoft internet properties:


Hyper-V development has been so successful in terms of stability, reliability, performance and scalability that a few of Microsoft’s largest internet properties have been running COMPLETELY VIRTUALIZED WITH HYPER-V including:


·         MSDN: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx


·         TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx


In addition, these deployments went so well that we are now virtualizing: WWW.MICROSOFT.COM on Hyper-V!  We have migrated over 25% of the Microsoft.com web servers to Hyper-V to date, and are continuing to ramp up.  To give you a sense for the scale of this, www.microsoft.com receives:


·         About 15,000 requests PER SECOND


·         ~40 million hits A DAY


·         Over 1.2 billion page views PER MONTH


·         Over 280 million worldwide unique users PER MONTH


Hyper-V scales and performs, baby J


 


Game-changing IO Performance: QLogic today announced that QLogic and Microsoft achieved industry leading performance results that demonstrate near-native transaction performance for a virtualized computing environment. The companies tested storage area network (SAN)-attached, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and achieved I/O performance that closely matches the 200,000 IOs per second performance native with QLogic 8Gb adapters and Windows Server 2008. By comparison, I/O performance on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V was at least 90 percent and as much as 97 percent of the native I/O performance across a data range for enterprise applications.


 


Guest Operating System Support: A long and distinguished list J


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954958/en-us


 


Customer statistics:


·         Over 1.3 million downloads of Hyper-V pre-release versions worldwide


·         Over 140 Technology Adoption customers running Hyper-V in production


·         Over 120 Rapid Deployment customers running Hyper-V in production


 


Making a splash: Check out some of the press reactions:


Hyper-V: It’s here -  http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9194


KISS VMWARE'S RUMP GOODBYE... - http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/147569/kiss_vmwares_rump_goodbye.html


Microsoft Raises Its Game Against VMWare - http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200806261152DOWJONESDJONLINE000648_FORTUNE5.htm


 


Websites


Microsoft Virtualization Home Page


http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx


 


Virtualization Case Studies


http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/case-studies.mspx


 


Virtualization Solution Accelerators


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc197910.aspx


 


Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx


 


Hyper-V FAQ


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-faq.aspx


 


Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more): http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/enterprise/default.mspx


 


Virtualization TechCenter:


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/default.aspx


 


How to Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-install.aspx


 


Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Performance Tuning Guide


http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv.mspx


 


MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V


http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/msdn-and-technet-powered-by-hyper-v.aspx


 


MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V Whitepaper


http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/C/5/6C559B56-8556-4097-8C81-2D4E762CD48E/MSCOM_Virtualizes_MSDN_TechNet_on_Hyper-V.docx


 


 


Blogs:


http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/default.aspx


http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/


http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/


http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/


http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/


http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/


http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/


http://blogs.technet.com/stbnewsbytes/


 


Webcasts:


http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032368894&CountryCode=US


http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032372420&CountryCode=US


 

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