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About Microsoft Hyper-V

The Microsoft Hyper-V is a component in Windows Server® 2008 that provides customers with the tools and services to create a virtualized server computing environment.

The Hyper-V has thin microkernelized hypervisor architecture with minimal attack surface and is available as a Server Core role. This type of computing environment is useful for businesses because virtual machines can be created and managed which allows the running of multiple operating systems on one physical computer and isolating the operating systems from each other. As well, the new 64-bit micro-kernelized hypervisor architecture enables Hyper-V to provide a broad array of device support methods and improved performance and security.

The Microsoft Hyper-V easily plugs into customers’ IT infrastructure as they can leverage their existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools, and processes. Customers can leverage the wealth of solutions from Microsoft’s partners, existing IT Pro skill-set, and comprehensive support from Microsoft. Beneficial features of the Microsoft Hyper-V include Broad OS Support, Symmetric Multiprocessors (SMP) Support, network load balancing, new hardware sharing architecture, fast migration, high-scalability, ability to take snapshots of a running virtual machine, and the ability to quickly build custom tools, utilities, and enhancements for the virtualization platform.

Symmetric Multiprocessors (SMP) Support

Ability to support up to four multiple processors in a virtual machine environment enables you to take full advantage of multi-threaded applications in a virtual machine.

Quick Migration

Hyper-V enables you to rapidly migrate a running virtual machine from one physical host system to another with minimal downtime, leveraging familiar high-availability capabilities of Windows Server and System Center management tools.

Virtual Machine Snapshot

Hyper-V provides the ability to take snapshots of a running virtual machine so you can easily revert to a previous state, and improve the overall backup and recoverability solution.

Extensible

Standards-based Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interfaces and APIs in Hyper-V enable independent software vendors and developers to quickly build custom tools, utilities, and enhancements for the virtualization platform.

Consolidate For Savings

Hyper-V provides a reliable virtualization platform that enables customers to virtualize their infrastructure and reduce costs. It has thin microkernelized hypervisor architecture with minimal attack surface and is available as a Server Core role. With integrated management customers can use a single set of tools to manage both their physical and virtual resources. It easily plugs into customers’ IT infrastructure as they can leverage their existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools and processes. It provides great value as it is available as a feature of Windows Server 2008 and customers can leverage the breadth of solutions from Microsoft’s partners, existing IT Pro skill-set and comprehensive support from Microsoft.

New and Improved Architecture

New 64-bit micro-kernelized hypervisor architecture enables Hyper-V to provide a broad array of device support methods and improved performance and security.

Broad OS Support

Broad support for simultaneously running different types of operating systems, including 32-bit and 64-bit systems across different server platforms, such as Windows, Linux, and others.

Network Load Balancing

Hyper-V includes new virtual switch capabilities. This means virtual machines can be easily configured to run with Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) Service to balance load across virtual machines on different servers.

New Hardware Sharing Architecture

With the new virtual service provider/virtual service client (VSP/VSC) architecture, Hyper-V provides improved access and utilization of core resources, such as disk, networking, and video.

Scalability

With support for multiple processors and cores at the host level and improved memory access within virtual machines, you can now vertically scale your virtualization environment to support a large number of virtual machines within a given host and continue to leverage quick migration for scalability across multiple hosts.

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