All you Need to Know about Hyper-V technology
Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology is evolved out of the virtualization concept which was developed in-between 1960 to 1990. In virtualization, a virtual version is created for an IT environment, and it constitutes operating systems, storage devices, etc. Even though the term ‘virtualization’ was in use from the 1960s itself, there were no personal computers at that time. The concept of virtualization became popular in the late 1990s. In 2008, as a part of exploring virtualization, Hyper-V was introduced by Microsoft as a virtualization platform. Currently Microsoft provides a total of four versions, including Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 in Hyper-V series. So how did the virtualization platform – Hyper-V evolved with the experiments conducted by Microsoft? What are the benefits offered by the technology to its users? Well, this blog provides everything you should know about Hyper-V technology.
Overview of Hyper-V technology
Microsoft’s hardware virtualization product, Hyper-V, helps it’s users to create and run a virtual machine which performs the functions of a computer. It functions like a computer by running operating systems and programs. An operating system runs more efficiently in a virtual machine than on a physical hardware. The Windows Server feature, Hyper-V technology is available as a separate product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server. Since it eradicates everything irrelevant to virtualization, Microsoft Hyper-V Server is available to its users with least maintenance cost and vulnerabilities.
Depending upon the OS version and edition, Windows Server allows you to install one physical instance of an OS along with virtual machines. Even though Hyper-V does not need any operating system license, the users need to buy licenses for any instances of Windows when it is installed on VMs.
Like any other typical program installation, Hyper-V facilitates simple installation. In order to configure Hyper-V, you have to check which Windows version is being used on your computer. Activate the Hyper-V role through the Server Manager, if you are using Windows Server OS launched after 2008. The computer will be rebooted once the installation is completed. The additional services installed including Hyper-V Manager will be displayed followed by the reboot.
To prevent data loss, Hyper –V technology provides reliable, fast and affordable backup recovery to virtualized environments running on Windows Server. So migrating workloads to Hyper-V is secure with its advanced data recovery features.
Hyper-V can help you:
· Easy load balancing and simplified disaster recovery planning
· Effective hardware utilization
· Improved business continuity and reduced downtimes.
· Higher data security
· Bring Your Own IP Address and Network Topology without making any changes to the customer data centre network
When Virtualization reduced the complexities and difficulties in maintaining physical servers, Hyper-V has revolutionized the cloud industry with reliable IT solutions which consume less space, energy, and cost. By isolating virtual machines to its own spaces, it avoids the chances of crashing, increased workloads and security vulnerabilities. Hyper-V with the support of Microsoft is expected to yield more opportunities in cloud with its portability features such as live migration, storage migration, and import/export, etc