In this whitepaper, we compare private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware. We do this by defining private cloud using industry standard concepts, explain the Microsoft products needed to create a Microsoft private cloud solution and then define the technology benefits a Microsoft private cloud solution provides. We also examine how the licensing models differ between Microsoft and VMware and, in particular, how those licensing models will impact the ROI of investments you are making today and long into the future.
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.