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Benefits of Hyper-V for Windows Admins
1. Do More With Less One of the major benefits to using virtualization is that it makes you (and your company) more efficient. I worked as an IT Manager for many years where we were forced to do "more with less." We had over 100 servers but only 1 full time admin to manage the data center where they were run (among other things). When we implemented virtualization, our life changed. We were suddenly able to manage that load much more easily. Deployment of new servers could happen in a few minutes. Cluster maintenance could be performed during the day with no downtime to end users. Disaster recovery planning was simplified. Backup and recovery were both easier. Across the board, virtualization made life easier and made it able for us to "do more with less." That doesn't mean you can implement Windows 2012 Hyper V and fire most of your server admin staff. However, virtualization may allow those admins to finally get to the projects that could finally make a real financial and competitive difference for your company. 2. Flexibility Virtualization, in general, offers tons of flexibility, but new Windows 2012 Hyper-V features especially make life easier. With Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Live Migration of running VMs from one host to another is so much easier. The new Storage Migration feature allows you to move the virtual storage of a running virtual machine from one VM storage repository to another (i.e. from one SAN to another). The ability to store VMs on any SMB3 file share and still use advanced features gives you the flexibility to put VMs on any Windows 2012 server. It potentially saves money on having to buy a SAN, and even serves as a front-end for a Fibre Channel SAN so you don't have to direct connect all your Hyper-V Servers. 3. Make a Difference at Your Company Personally, I love the features that can make a big difference; not just for you as an admin, but for the entire company. For example, with the new Windows Server 2012 scalability features, you can consolidate more servers into the Hyper-V infrastructure. You can use applications built to analyze the Hyper-V virtual network. You can allow developers to use Client Hyper-V in Windows 8 to easily move VMs in and out of the Hyper-V infrastructure. Most importantly, you can combine all these types of features to do things in minutes that you used to spend days, weeks, or months to do. This type of agility and cost savings can make big changes for your company and really make a difference. 4. Disaster Recovery: Replica The new Windows 2012 Hyper-V Replica feature now makes replication of servers across a WAN or secure VPN easy and possible for the smallest of business. Previously, server replication was only something that the very large companies could afford. In my Windows 2012 Hyper-V course, as you'll see, I'll walk you through configuring and testing Replica. I think you'll see that it's undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to protect your servers from disaster (and better yet, it's included with Hyper-V). 5. Save Money I don't want to try to say that Hyper-V is "less expensive than other hypervisors" as I truly have not done that price comparison. I do know that Hyper-V is included in Windows Virtual Server Hosting and that, in itself, makes it something that most companies will already have onsite and will eventually use sooner or later. Server 2012 Hyper-V comes with some advanced features that are only available in the higher editions of VMware vSphere (such as svMotion and high availability). Besides the initial price comparison of "this hypervisor vs. that hypervisor," other things to configure are the usability of the product, the features that it offers, the ecosystem around it, an the comfort level you have with the solutions from that company. Hope you find this helpful. To learn more about Cloud Based Virtual Desktop visit Apps4Rent.
Posted: 10/1/2021 7:15 AM
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