Hyper-V Goes RTM

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After a long, intensive beta process, Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization is now ready for the masses. But will enterprises turn away from leading players such as VMware and Citrix and flock to the new technology?

Microsoft announced on June 26 that Hyper-V has been released to manufacturing, an indicator that the beta process has ended and Hyper-V is now a shipping and supported technology. To move the product from release candidate status to RTM, several bug fixes and improvements had to be accomplished. While most of the bug fixes were little more than housekeeping items, the improvements to the technology were significant.

Moving from the beta to the shipping process brought forth enhancements such as increased performance, additional operating system support and better integration with management tools. On the increased performance front, Microsoft has reduced the operational overhead of Hyper-V to less than 10 percent in most cases and to as little as 1 percent in specific situations using iSCSI storage and other high performance hardware.

What’s important to note is the vast improvement of performance Hyper-V offers over Microsoft’s previous virtualization platform, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2. Tests have shown that virtual systems under Hyper-V can achieve performance more than double what Virtual Server could. That can be explained by the simple fact that Hyper-V uses a completely new code base; no code was reused from Virtual Server.

Another prominent enhancement Hyper-V offers comes in the form of management. Microsoft is offering several management tools that ease the support of Hyper-V. Most notable is System Center Virtual Machine Manager, which allows administrators to monitor and manage both Microsoft virtualization solutions and VMware virtualization products. The ability to manage both will prove to be an important consideration for those looking to move from VMware to Hyper-V. What’s more, Virtual Machine Manager can be used to convert servers from physical to virtual machines (known as P2V conversion) with a wizard-based process. That should speed adoption greatly.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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