In this paper, Microsoft has looked at a significant number of the new capabilities that are available within Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, across 5 key investment areas:
“Scalability, Performance & Density – We’ve shown how, with Hyper-V customers can run the biggest, most powerful virtual machines, to handle the demands of their biggest workloads. We saw that as hardware scale grows, customers wishing to take advantage of the largest physical systems to drive the highest levels of density, and reduce overall costs, can do so successfully with Hyper-V. In addition, we looked at a number of the points of integration between Hyper-V and hardware, driving the highest levels of performance for enterprise applications.
Security & Multitenancy – We looked not only at the different capabilities such as BitLocker, which enables a level of physical security for the virtualized hosts, but also some of the in-box, granular networking security capabilities now built into the Hyper-V Extensible Switch, which enables customers to securely and easily isolate and control access to their key workloads inside the virtualized environment.
Flexible Infrastructure – We discussed how, in a modern datacenter, customers are looking to be agile, in order to respond to changing business demands quickly, and efficiently, and how through the new innovation in Live Migration, Hyper-V provides this in the box. Being able to move workloads flexibly around the infrastructure is of incredible importance, and in addition, customers want to be able to choose where best to deploy their workloads based on the needs of that workload specifically, and to do that, Network Virtualization plays a significant part. Also, for customers with heterogeneous infrastructures, with a mixture of both Linux and Windows-based workloads, Hyper-V provides the ideal platform through the continued engineering and development to improve Linux performance on Hyper-V.
High Availability & Resiliency – As customers’ confidence in virtualization grows, and they virtualize their more mission-critical workloads, the importance of keeping those workloads continuously available grows significantly. With Windows Server 2012 R2, having capabilities built into the platform that not only help keep those workloads highly available, but also, in the event of a disaster, quick to restore in another geographical location, is of immense importance when choosing a platform for today’s modern datacenter. We discussed specific improvements at both the fabric and the workload level that help to ensure that customers can keep their most mission critical applications and data as continuously available as possible.
Virtualization Innovation – Finally, we discussed some of the key features that take Hyper-V beyond just virtualization. Features such as the Automatic VM Activation – a fantastic addition for Service Providers and disconnected environments where VM activation has been a challenge in days gone by. In addition, Generation 2 VMs herald a new direction for Hyper-V VMs, exposing new capabilities, for both performance, flexibility and security, now through to the virtual machines themselves.
Across each of these 5 key areas, there have been a number of improvements. Building on the innovative, solid platform of Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides customers with an enterprise-class virtualization platform, with the key features that enterprises are looking for to virtualize their mission-critical applications and workloads, but at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies.”