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How companies can benefit from Microsoft’s Hyper V

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For organisations keen to scale in the right way, virtualisation is often considered the best way forward.

The practice enables firms to create virtual versions of operating systems, data storage and applications, which in turn improves efficiencies and cuts costs.

Whether on a public or private cloud, organisations seeking to implement both full and partial virtualisation require a hypervisor – a software membrane that decouples the machines and spreads resources dynamically.

As the administrator’s interface with the virtual machines, choosing the correct hypervisor is critical for businesses and respective IT departments because it greatly impacts upon how successful the overall virtualisation process will be.

Hyper V from Microsoft

Microsoft’s hypervisor tool has enjoyed strong three-year growth and remains a popular means to facilitate hypervisor migrations and physical-to-virtual migrations through private, public and hybrid cloud. Furthermore, it offers high-powered performance at a price most organisations can afford.

Advantages: Competitively priced, Hyper-V has great functionality and offers a range of options for custom allocation of resources on a per-operating system basis.

Crucially, Hyper V brings dynamic memory management and allows users to run many virtual machines at once, eradicating down time. Easy live migrations can be executed with peace of mind with simple backups, while a full security suite is offered through Active Directory.

Drawbacks: Some users report that it can be challenging to interact with the host operating system, while similarly toned assessments exist regarding Hyper V’s support for Linux operating systems.

IT specialists should also note that Hyper V has a rather minimalist administrator interface, which is not to the taste of many. Also, the software requires that all virtual machines be taken offline for a reboot during routine security updates to OS.

As far as costs are concerned, Hyper V’s price tag can fluctuate according to the number of operating system environments supported through virtualisation, while cover for increasing aspects of management can also contribute to how the overall bill.

Key considerations before choosing Hyper-V

Security: Windows Active Directory manages security and access governance, but real advantages are delivered through Hyper-V’s “microkernalised” design. The attach window is greatly reduced because application programming interfaces (APIs) to access the hypervisor layer are not provided.

On the other hand, managing through Windows Active Directory may not suit IT departments seeking a hypervisor product that comes with integrated security features.

Redundancy: Firms should note that the extent of the benefits afforded by Hyper-V’s redundancy will hinge on measures already in play within the organisation.

Looking at the subject more closely, Hyper-V enables easy replication of servers across a WAN or secure VPN, a key benefit that clients of all sizes will be able to leverage. If integrated with sustained continuity planning for the business, these inherent redundancy elements can really help reduce risk.

Costs: Businesses that elect to go beyond the minimum purchase for VM software will find Hyper-V to be cheaper than competitors. However, its pricing structure can be rigid if organisations are looking to purchase in segments.

Windows adoption: Windows familiarity comes as a built-in feature to Hyper-V – good news for businesses that already virtualise a Windows workload. Furthermore, IT specialists with experience in Active Directory and peripheral products will feel benefits because Hyper-V is already a Windows product.

Virtualisation realised

Microsoft Hyper-V is a solid hypervisor option for businesses that are targeting any number of virtualisation solutions, from making a change in hypervisor tools to migration to hybrid cloud.

Fortunately, business-ready, bespoke architectures now exist, enabling administrators to order, deploy and maintain virtual infrastructure through tailored levels of server, storage and virtualisation technologies.

 

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