What Is Hyper-V?
Microsoft Hyper-V is designed to offer “enterprise-class virtualization” for organizations with a data center or hybrid cloud. This option is a common choice for organizations who want to virtualize workloads, build a private cloud, scale services through a public cloud, or combine all three.
Hyper-V is built into Windows Server, or can be installed as a standalone server, known as Hyper-V Server, both of which can ease the learning curve for virtualization administrators who already have knowledge and background with Microsoft products. It offers a unified set of integrated management tools, regardless of whether organizations are striving to migrate to physical servers, a private cloud, a public cloud, or a “hybrid” mixture of these three options.
- Can deploy new virtual servers in minutes
- Maintenance does not result in downtime
- Simple live migrations
- Easy backups
- Comprehensive security through Windows Active Directory
- Lower priced
- Hyper-V (2012R2) requires one of the following OS on the guest OS: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, 64-bit versions of Windows 8, 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1 Preview
- Requires Windows OS upgrades during product lifetime
- Poor or missing support for RemoteFX and Service Templates in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2