First and foremost – Live Migration is here! You can now move virtual machines inside a cluster without experiencing any downtime or connectivity loss. Along with Live Migration we also have the Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) feature – that allows you to store multiple virtual machines on a single storage device.
Other changes include:
- Support for 32 core physical computers
- Support for CPU Core Parking
- Core Parking allows Windows and Hyper-V to consolidate processing onto the fewest number of possible processor cores, and suspends inactive processor cores.
- Support for Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) in CPUs
- On Intel processors this is called “EPT” while AMD calls it “NPT”. SLAT adds a second level of paging below the architectural x86/x64 paging tables in x86/x64 processors, providing an indirection layer from virtual machine memory access to the physical memory access. In many virtualization scenarios, hardware based SLAT support can offer performance improvements.
- Support for Jumbo Frames on networking
- The ability to hot add / remove SCSI virtual hard disks
So please get involved in the beta and let us know what you think of it.