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Server virtualization is a hot topic in IT currently because of the potential for saving money on physical hardware, electricity and cooling. With Hyper-V, it's easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualisation through Windows Server 2008 R2. Optimize your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine, efficiently run multiple different operating systems in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, a new feature of Hyper-V was released called Live Migration. Live Migration utilizes Windows Server 2008 R2 clustering features to enable you to migrate running VMs from one physical computer to another without any interruption to service.

Benefits of Hyper-V

Reduce costs. With increasing pressure to reduce costs and ensure the best return on investment possible. With Microsoft Virtualization total cost of ownership can be reduced.

Increase availability of services. Microsoft Virtualisation gives the opportunity to increase the availability of services, thereby increasing end user satisfaction.

Improve business agility. Microsoft Virtualisation helps businesses become more flexible and adaptable. Provide the IT resources to suit organisational needs when needes and improve business agility. Servers can be manage and maintained as discrete software components, rapidly create new servers from pre-defined and configured images, and reallocate resources to optimise performance and stability.

Improve business continuity and disaster recovery. Hyper-V includes powerful business continuity features, such as live backup and quick migration, enabling businesses to meet stringent uptime and response metrics. Leveraging the clustering capabilities of Windows Server, Hyper-V provides support for disaster recovery within IT environments and across data centres, using geographically dispersed clustering capabilities.Rapid and reliable disaster and business recovery helps ensure minimal data loss and powerful remote management capabilities.

Ease of testing and development. Hyper-V maximizes utilization of test hardware which can help reduce costs, improve life cycle management, and improve test coverage. With extensive guest OS support and checkpoint features, Hyper-V provides a great platform for test and development environments.