Virtualization has enabled a new generation of datacenters with more efficiency and availability for your most demanding workloads. Microsoft virtualization solutions go beyond basic virtualization capabilities, such as consolidating server hardware, to create comprehensive platforms for private and hybrid cloud. This means your organization can achieve considerable cost savings and operational efficiencies
Whether you want to virtualize workloads, build a private cloud, scale your services through a public cloud, or combine all three, Microsoft’s virtualization and management solutions, built on Windows Server and System Center, can help you better manage resources and offer IT as a service.
Server virtualization has evolved over the past few years from a nascent technology into a mature IT feature. In the process, businesses of all shapes and sizes have begun taking advantage of its power to meet shifting business needs. By virtualizing their workloads, organizations can control and cut costs while improving the scalability, flexibility, and reach of IT systems.
With these advances, however, comes the realization that virtualization by itself does not allow organizations to build or take advantage of cloud services, which are assuming an ever-growing role in the execution of business tasks.
Microsoft has taken a leading position in the advancement of virtualization technology with Hyper-V. First introduced as part of Windows Server 2008, and then expanded and enhanced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and again in Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V provides organizations with a tool for optimizing server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical host machine. They can also use Hyper-V to efficiently run multiple operating systems—including operating systems other than Windows
Scalability, Performance & Density – customers are looking to run bigger, more powerful virtual machines, to handle the demands of their biggest workloads. In addition, as hardware scale grows, customers wish to take advantage of the largest physical systems to drive the highest levels of density, and reduce overall costs.
Security & Multitenancy – Virtualized data centers are becoming more popular and practical every day. IT organizations and hosting providers have begun offering infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which provides more flexible, virtualized infrastructures to customers—“server instances on‑demand.” Because of this trend, IT organizations and hosting providers must offer customers enhanced security and isolation from one another, and in some cases, encrypted to meet compliance demands.
Flexible Infrastructure – In a modern datacenter, customers are looking to be agile, in order to respond to changing business demands quickly, and efficiently. 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.
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. 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.