Windows Server 2008 R2: A Good Choice for IT Pros?
January 29, 2010
Window Server 2008 R2 has a number of new bells and whistles including Hyper-V and Live Migration. Redmond Mag explains several features, including virtualization, Live Migration, and management improvements. According to the report, these features should attract IT pros, especially as Windows 7 deployments pick up steam.
"The new Hyper-V bits offer some compelling reasons to deploy Hyper-V. One of the biggest is new support for Live Migration. Now you can move a running VM between Hyper-V hosts without any interruption. Combine this with failover clustering, and you no longer have to worry about unplanned downtime or service outages. Many companies use virtualization to run legacy -- but still critical -- applications, often on older Windows OSes. With Windows Server 2008 R2 virtualization technologies, these applications can have very high availability.
"If you have several Hyper-V servers, Live Migration can make the most of your hardware investment by moving VMs to different platforms to maximize performance and utilization -- again, without any interruption of service to the user. Have a sudden need for increased performance or an urgent maintenance requirement? With Live Migration, you can shuffle VMs between Hyper-V servers and users will be completely unaware."