Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is here!

Hyper-V, a key feature of Windows Server 2008, released to manufacturing (RTM) today and is available for deployment into production environments. A beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 and this update provides the final release.

This release is a market-changer in the Virtualization space, and if you have not already begun evaluating it, I encourage you to start now. When using Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 Datacenter - about $3000 per processor list (Microsoft makes no distinction with “cores” — a dual CPU, quad-core system is only two processors) - you get use of unlimited licenses of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 R2. Other points of interest:

Already deployed at scale and load on large Microsoft internet properties:

Hyper-V development has been so successful in terms of stability, reliability, performance and scalability that a few of Microsoft’s largest internet properties have been running COMPLETELY VIRTUALIZED WITH HYPER-V including:


· TechNet:

In addition, these deployments went so well that we are now virtualizing: WWW.MICROSOFT.COM on Hyper-V! We have migrated over 25% of the web servers to Hyper-V to date, and are continuing to ramp up. To give you a sense for the scale of this, receives:

· About 15,000 requests PER SECOND

· ~40 million hits A DAY

· Over 1.2 billion page views PER MONTH

· Over 280 million worldwide unique users PER MONTH

Hyper-V scales and performs, baby J

Game-changing IO Performance: QLogic today announced that QLogic and Microsoft achieved industry leading performance results that demonstrate near-native transaction performance for a virtualized computing environment. The companies tested storage area network (SAN)-attached, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and achieved I/O performance that closely matches the 200,000 IOs per second performance native with QLogic 8Gb adapters and Windows Server 2008. By comparison, I/O performance on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V was at least 90 percent and as much as 97 percent of the native I/O performance across a data range for enterprise applications.

Guest Operating System Support: A long and distinguished list J

Customer statistics:

· Over 1.3 million downloads of Hyper-V pre-release versions worldwide

· Over 140 Technology Adoption customers running Hyper-V in production

· Over 120 Rapid Deployment customers running Hyper-V in production

Making a splash: Check out some of the press reactions:

Hyper-V: It’s here -


Microsoft Raises Its Game Against VMWare** -


Microsoft Virtualization Home Page

Virtualization Case Studies

Virtualization Solution Accelerators

Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation:

Hyper-V FAQ

Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more):

Virtualization TechCenter:

How to Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Performance Tuning Guide

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