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Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features and comparison guide

You may already know about Live Migration, but this guide provides information about other new Hyper-V R2 features and explains how R2 fares compared to its competition.

This guide is an essential resource for helping you explain the ins and outs of Microsoft Hyper-V R2 to your customers. There are a variety of new Hyper-V R2 features, including the much-anticipated Live Migration, Cluster Shared Volumes, hot-add and remove capabilities, performance and protocol improvements and additional green technology capabilities. These articles, tips, videos and podcasts show you how to implement these features to benefit your customers.

See what Microsoft is doing to handle its competition and what your customers need to know about when comparing Hyper-V R2 to VMware vSphere 4 and Citrix XenServer 5.5. Despite the addition of Live Migration, there are still questions that need to be answered about cost and density requirements.


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Hyper-V R2 Live Migration
Hyper-V R2 and Cluster Shared Volumes 
Hyper-V R2 vs. VMware vSphere 4 and Citrix XenServer 5.5
More Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features and comparison resources

Hyper-V R2 features
The long-awaited Live Migration feature isn't the only critical improvement to Hyper-V R2. This section details the other Hyper-V R2 features that have the virtualization market and your customers buzzing. From cluster-awareness with disks and green technology features to Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), jumbo frame support for virtual machines (VMs) and hot-add and remove capabilities, R2 is quickly closing in on the competition.

Hyper-V gains new resiliency features with Windows Server 2008 R2
Hyper-V R2's new resiliency features can offer greater levels of administrator-friendly high availability for your customers. The most prominent of these features is zero-downtime Live Migration, which saves customers precious time during deployment. Other new features and advantages of R2 include cluster-awareness with disks, a low-cost price point, Dynamic Virtual Machine Storage, new processor extensions for virtualization, SLAT and more.

An overview of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2
This overview of Hyper-V R2 has information on the significant changes and features beyond Live Migration, including jumbo frame support for VMs, enhanced clustering, a VHD booting mechanism, Remote Desktop Services and more. See how these improvements have changed the virtualization landscape.

New Hyper-V R2 storage features offer hot-add and remove capabilities
Your clients can now look forward to being able to useHyper-V R2's hot-add and remove capabilities, which compete with VMware's add and remove virtual storage features that have been around for years. Despite only adding this capability recently, this feature will help Microsoft acquire a wider customer base in the virtualization market and compete with VMware's vSphere.

New Hyper-V R2 technology features
See what this Microsoft partner has to say about the new technology features in Hyper-V R2 in this video from Microsoft's 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference. The speaker emphasizes his customers' need to slow down power consumption and he discusses the importance of green technology. He says Hyper-V R2 is now ready to go into head-to-head competition with VMware based on its core support, its ability to scale to bigger enterprise accounts and other various performance and protocol improvements.

Microsoft Hyper-V R2 pricing, licensing explained
Now that Hyper-V R2 is a standalone product, your customers probably have questions about Hyper-V R2 licensing and pricing. Find out which operating systems (OS) require Client Access Licenses (CALs) and get information on the pricing of Hyper-V R2 guests. This article also explains why Microsoft System Center and the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) are necessary when managing a Hyper-V R2 environment.

Hyper-V R2 Live Migration
You've heard a lot about Hyper-V R2's Live Migration, but do you know why it's essential for your customers to use Live Migration? This section explains why the new set of clustering features are crucial to Live Migration and how to get your customers started with R2's most talked about feature. Find out why familiarity with Microsoft tools and Hyper-V gives you an edge and how your customers can benefit from zero downtime.

Hyper-V live migration boosts Microsoft's server virtualization play
Will Microsoft's Hyper-V R2 be able to catch up with VMware? Microsoft has received a huge boost in the virtualization market since introducing Hyper-V R2 Live Migration. With it, users can now move VMs between physical servers without downtime. Read what experts who are on each side of the debate have to say about Hyper-V R2 versus VMware, its cost and the new features.

Live Migration in Hyper-V R2
The difference in migration time between Hyper-V's Quick Migration and Hyper-V R2's Live Migration is enormous, and this tip explains how the length of downtime for a migration has been essentially reduced to zero for your customers. Find out why a new set of clustering features has as much to do with Live Migration as it does with improving core virtualization capabilities. Many of the changes listed seem small, such as customers not putting their VMs in a saved state, but they are in fact vital to experiencing a zero-downtime migration.

Microsoft Hyper-V R2 technology services opportunities
This video explores Hyper-V R2 technology services opportunities with a specific focus on the benefits of Live Migration. A Hyper-V expert explains the importance of R2 being able to compete with VMware by adding new features. The expert argues that combining Hyper-V R2 with the familiar management tools that Microsoft certified professionals are qualified to use gives R2 an edge over VMware.

Carmaker eager for Hyper-V Live Migration
Hyper-V R2's Live Migration is more important to some customers than others. Nissan is a company that finds zero downtime particularly appealing because it would be able to migrate parts of its system without taking the server down and repair it without missing a beat -- an important feature for a large carmaker. This article offers reasons why certain customers would be drawn to Hyper-V R2 and not VMware's vSphere or Citrix's XenServer 5.5.

Hyper-V R2 and Cluster Shared Volumes
Hyper-V R2's new Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) feature may not be as well-known as Live Migration, but in some cases it could be just as important to your customers. Read these tips and listen to our podcast to get a better understanding of how to implement CSV in Hyper-V R2 and find out why this feature is so important to clients. You can also use the information in these resources to help you advise your customers on using CSV to improve virtual host resources allocation.

How to implement Cluster Shared Volumes in Hyper-V R2
One of the newest features in Microsoft Hyper-V R2 virtualization software is CSV, which combats R1 disk limitations by allowing multiple VMs to be stored on a single logical unit number (LUN). Use the step-by-step approach in this tip to learn how to implement Cluster Shared Volumes and explain the benefits to your customers.

Cluster Shared Volumes, Live Migration and other Hyper-V R2 features 
Listen to this podcast to hear a Microsoft MVP discuss new Hyper-V R2 features, including Live Migration and improvements to CSV. The partner explains how CSV applies to your customers and why the ability to failover individual files is such an important factor for them.

Using Cluster Shared Volumes to improve virtual host resource use
Do your clients know how to improve virtual host resource utilization? This article gives a detailed explanation of how using Cluster Shared Volumes can accomplish this. One of the important aspects of Hyper-V R2 is the ability to store multiple VMs on each LUN. The process of ensuring that CSV are enabled is a relatively simple one, and this tip can help you explain the advantages of CSV to your customers.

Hyper-V R2 vs. VMware vSphere 4 and Citrix XenServer 5
How does Hyper-V R2 stack up against its competition -- VMware's vSphere and Citrix's XenServer 5.5 -- now that it includes Live Migration? Read these articles and learn about Hyper-V R2 comparisons of cost, density and memory. There are also some experts who say R2 may not necessarily be ready, and this section lists a few missing features that solutions providers need to keep in mind. Find out the different hypervisor needs that large companies and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are required to meet and what factors are involved when they are deciding between products.

With R2 release, VMware vs. Hyper-V cost debate rages on
Even though Hyper-V R2 has already been released, the VMware vSphere vs. Hyper-V cost debate rages on. This article investigates the differences in price between the two hypervisors in terms of acquisition, memory costs and VM density advantages. This resource also explains how SMBs are balking at the cost of VMware vSphere. Find out why your customers are more interested in the importance of real life deployments than list prices when it comes to searching for hypervisors.

Microsoft Hyper-V R2 not ready, researcher reports 
Compared with VMware's vSphere and Citrix's XenServer 5.5, Microsoft's Hyper-V R2 may not be ready for your customers' production environments. This article details what R2 is missing in comparison to its competition -- from high availability with assignable VM restart priority to a lack of fault tolerance. There are also other missing Hyper-V R2 features solutions providers need to be aware of, such as the lack of storage and network live migration and certain "preferred features."

Hyper-V R2 release: A turning point in the virtualization hypervisor war?
Your customers are constantly comparing Hyper-V R2 to its competition and wondering if Microsoft can capitalize on its improved feature set, or if VMware's lead is insurmountable after years of market dominance. When deciding if the Hyper-V R2 release is a turning point in the virtualization hypervisor war, there are a few points customers need to consider. From whether large businesses are already tied into VMware and only SMBs will be looking at R2 to why some users are gun shy, this article provides the information solutions that providers need when discussing R2 with their customers.

More Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features and comparison resources

Microsoft Hyper-V R2 home page
Hypervisor review: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
What's new in Hyper-V R2
Hyper-V R2 scalability and cross-processor migration features introduced

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