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:

· MSDN: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

· TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

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 Microsoft.com web servers to Hyper-V to date, and are continuing to ramp up. To give you a sense for the scale of this, www.microsoft.com 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

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954958/en-us

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 - http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9194

KISS VMWARE'S RUMP GOODBYE... - http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/147569/kiss_vmwares_rump_goodbye.html

Microsoft Raises Its Game Against VMWare** - http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200806261152DOWJONESDJONLINE000648_FORTUNE5.htm

Websites

Microsoft Virtualization Home Page

http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx

Virtualization Case Studies

http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/case-studies.mspx

Virtualization Solution Accelerators

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc197910.aspx

Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx

Hyper-V FAQ

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-faq.aspx

Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more): http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/enterprise/default.mspx

Virtualization TechCenter:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/default.aspx

How to Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-install.aspx

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Performance Tuning Guide

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv.mspx

MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/msdn-and-technet-powered-by-hyper-v.aspx

MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V Whitepaper

http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/C/5/6C559B56-8556-4097-8C81-2D4E762CD48E/MSCOM_Virtualizes_MSDN_TechNet_on_Hyper-V.docx

Blogs:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/default.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/

http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/

http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/

http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/

http://blogs.technet.com/stbnewsbytes/

Webcasts:

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032368894&CountryCode=US

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032372420&CountryCode=US