Let us not forget Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 has RTM’ed
We should not forget that with a new version of Windows Server comes an updated Hyper-V (Hyper-V Server 2008 R2), this brings a wealth of new functionality and gives VMware’s equivalent a real kicking!
“Market dominant VMware has something to fear.” -PC Magazine
“Unlike VMware’s offering, [Hyper-V] Live Migration doesn’t cost extra and isn’t particularly difficult to configure.” -ZDNet
(An comparison of v.1 vs v.2 is seen in the table below)
The first thing that excites me is the support for 8 physical CPUs (not cores – they are virtual) and now with live migration and high availability too! But wait, there’s more (and we are not talking a free set of steak knives here) Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 will BOOT FROM FLASH.
“Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 includes the unique ability (compared to Windows Server Hyper-V) to boot from flash. We’re making the documentation available to our OEM partners as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK). Boot from flash is specifically designed for our OEM partners who want to ship an embedded Hyper-V hypervisor and thus will be supported via our OEM partners.”
For more information see this recent post over at the Windows Virtualisation Blog.