System Center 2012 Licensing FAQ
This FAQ sheet to discusses System Center 2012 Server Management Licensing.
Features Comparison: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Server and Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V
The following tables compare selected features of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V. The tables include
comments about each version’s performance, as well as a notation about how well each feature is supported.
Why Hyper-V? Competitive Advantages of Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V
Server virtualization has evolved over the past few years from a nascent technology into a mature IT feature. In the process, businesses of all sizes have begun taking advantage of its power to meet shifting business needs. By virtualizing their workloads, organizations can control and cut costs while improving the scalability, flexibility, and reach of IT systems.
With these advances, however, comes the realization that virtualization by itself does not allow organizations to build or take advantage of cloud services, which are assuming an ever-growing role in the execution of business tasks.
Microsoft has taken a leading position in the advancement of virtualization technology with Hyper-V. First introduced as part of Windows Server 2008, and then expanded and enhanced in Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V provides organizations with a tool for optimizing server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as
separate virtual machines running on a single physical host machine. They can also use Hyper-V to efficiently run multiple operating systems—including operating systems other than Windows, such as Linux—together on a single server, and take advantage of the power of 64-bit computing.
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Microsoft Private Cloud - How to Buy
You have several choices to help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products. Explore the options below to get started:
Option 1: Pre-validated ConfigurationGet a pre-validated hardware and software private cloud configuration from Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track OEM partners. Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track partners have worked with Microsoft to combine hardware and software offerings based on a reference architecture for building private clouds. Within the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program, we recommend:
- Midsize companies explore offerings from Dell and IBM
- Enterprise companies explore offerings from HP, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu, NEC, Hitachi, or NetApp/Cisco
Option 2: Build Your OwnFor those looking to build your own private cloud, Microsoft has invested in a set of engagements to help you with assessments, proofs-of-concept, and deployments through our partners or Microsoft Services. The investments are designed to help reduce the risk, cost, and time associated with testing and deploying a cloud environment. Contact a partner or Microsoft Services for more detail.
Option 3: Hosted Private CloudMicrosoft Private Cloud Service Providers build and deploy private cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies you already know and trust. Find a service provider in the Microsoft Private Cloud Service Provider Program who can host a dedicated private cloud for you.
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