The Major Benefits of Hyper-V Virtualization

Virtualization is having a virtual machine that stores information and can be accessed through an authorized server. But many IT professionals reading this probably already knew that. However, as a novice to virtualization, that is about as much as I can tell you.

Luckily, I got a chance to speak with three instructors at New Horizons who are experts on three different platforms. They gave me an overview of virtualization and discussed which platform they believe is best.
The first two pieces in this series gave me a chance to speak to two experts in virtualization: Ryan Birk for VMware vSphere, and Khalaf Haddad for Citrix Xen. Both gave me great insight about these virtualization platforms and how they each have their own benefits.

In the first post, Why vSphere is the Best Virtualization Platform, Ryan Birk told me about vSphere benefits, such as longevity of their products, the latest updates and how it excels at innovation.  Khalaf Haddad helped me understand What Makes Citrix the Best in Virtualization. He showed me that Citrix is keeping things current with the latest release of Xen version 7.12, with lots of features available, and also about a new Citrix course that will be in June.

In the final post of this series, I was given the opportunity to talk with Warren Hammond, the man to talk to about Hyper-V. By this point, I thought I knew a lot about virtualization and its multiple platforms. However, Warren gave me some great knowledge and proved that not all virtual machines are the same


Hyper-V and its typical role in an IT network?

It’s just virtualization. Hyper-V is just the base component that allows you to host virtual machines. It’s been around since 2008 and was kind of the first release of Hyper-V. Instead of always having to implement physical servers, it gives you that agility and ease to stand up new virtual systems without having to buy a whole bunch of extra hardware and waiting two weeks to get the hardware in, then having a server room that doesn’t have enough space. So Hyper-V is your step 1 in implementing a virtualization infrastructure.

As far as typical role, just about every IT department now is using it. I did mention that places like government and hospitals would benefit from virtual machines but there is also the question of security.  Especially for those examples because they have legal security requirements they have to meet, like HIPAA. New security measures are being developed for cloud and some are even available now.  Aside from that, pretty much anybody would use virtualization. Anybody who has a server infrastructure or a network infrastructure.


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