Even More Scalability in Windows Server 2012 RC – exceeds VMware capabilities

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.06.2012 at 09:15

With the announcement of the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V now supports:

  • Up to 320 Logical Processors Per Host
  • Up to 4 TB of Memory Per Host
  • Up to 64 Virtual Processors Per VM

This is in addition to the huge scalability updates that were already at announced in Windows Server 2012 Beta which are:

  • Up to 1 TB of memory per VM
  • Up to 64 TB per virtual disk
  • And up to 255 virtual disks per VM for a maximum of up 16,320 TB (or 15.93 Petabytes) per virtual machine
  • Up to 64 nodes in a cluster
  • Up to 4000 VMs in a cluster

Take a moment to let these numbers sink in! These numbers are amazingly overwhelming. Scale and performance are no longer a factor for virtualizing a workload. ANY WORKLOAD.

These numbers are UNMATCHED in the industry. And yes, Windows Server 2012 exceeds VMware capabilities across the board.

We support a number of non-Microsoft guest operating systems including Linux, CentOS and others. For Microsoft workloads, there’s simply no better way than using Microsoft Hyper-V and managed with Microsoft System Center.

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We now have a number of customers in Qatar who are on the early adoption list for Windows Server 2012.

Fasten your seatbelts and wait for RTM!

Download the Windows Server 8 beta Hyper-V Poster

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.03.2012 at 23:12

Windows Server 8 beta has caught the world by storm with the cutting-edge hypervisor that’s built into it.

Here is a cool poster for any IT Pro/SysAdmin/Architect to proudly have hanging in the corridor or in their office that shows off these new technologies, how they integrate and how they work.

This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server “8” Beta. This new Hyper-V poster focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering and scalability.

You can download the poster at: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29189

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Free training: First look on Windows Server 8

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.03.2012 at 21:28

There is an amazing, FREE course on the Microsoft Virtual Academy titled ‘Windows Server “8” – First Look”.

Attend this course to learn how to cloud optimize your IT with Windows Server “8”. We will show you how you can take advantage of the skills and investment you’ve already made in building a familiar and consistent platform. Windows Server “8” builds on that familiarity and cloud optimizes your IT. With Windows Server “8”, you gain all the Microsoft experience behind building and operating private and public clouds, delivered as a dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform. The course will cover how Windows Server "8" delivers value in four key ways including how it takes you beyond virtualization, delivers the power of many servers, opens the door to every app on any cloud, and enables the modern work-style.

To launch this FREE course, click here!

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Windows Server 8 beta available for download

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.03.2012 at 18:50

The excitement around the awe-inspiring Windows 8 Consumer Preview shouldn’t overshadow the announcement of the Windows Server “8” beta, which is super-exciting in its own ways.

Windows Server 8 is most likely the most significant Windows Server release ever. Windows Server 8 is built with the Private Cloud in mind. Download the beta today!

What’s new in Windows Server 8?

Find out what’s new in Active Directory Certificate Services, Active Directory Domain Services, Failover clustering, RMS, FSRM, RDS, Hyper-V, and Security by checking out TechNet.

IDC has already predicted that 2012 is VMware’s last year as King of Hill! Here, I will list some the coolest new features in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V

  • Install Client Hyper-V – Install Hyper-V on client machines running desktop OS
  • Dynamic Memory – Smart paging allows better utilization of memory
  • New Hyper-V module in PowerShell
  • Hyper-V replica – replicate VMs between storage systems, datacenters and clusters for business continuity and DR.
  • Live Migration can now be done even on non-clustered environments. You can literally live migrate over ethernet! What’s more – multiple simultaneous live migrations are supported!
  • Support for up to 256 logical processors and 2 TB of memory on Hyper-V host
  • Support for up to 32 virtual processors and 1 TB of memory per VM.
  • SR-IOV – maximizes network throughput while minimizing latency
  • Storage Migration – Yes! Move virtual hard disks used by a VM to a different physical storage – while the VM is running!
  • Store Hyper-V virtual hard disk files on SMB v2 file shares!
  • Virtual Fibre Channel – connect to the fibre channel storage directly from the guest OS
  • New VHDX format – new virtual hard disk format supports up to 64 TB of storage with better reliability!
  • Virtual NUMA support for guest OS
  • Virtual Switch – open framework for third parties to extend functionality of the virtual switch (example Cisco Nexus 1000V)

Cisco FlexPod validated with Microsoft Private Cloud

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2012 at 20:33

clip_image001[4]The Cisco FlexPod data center solution is now validated with a Microsoft Private Cloud Deployment Guide.

The FlexPod is a physical product built on Cisco server (UCS), Cisco networking, NetApp storage and Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track architecture with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft System Center. It can be optimized to fit a variety of mixed application workloads and use cases as the customer moves to virtualization and private or public cloud environments.

The FlexPod is built on:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus data center switches
  • NetApp FAS storage components
  • A range of third-party software

Download the deployment guide on the Cisco FlexPod DesignZone.

On another note, Cisco has also published documentation indicating the extension of their Nexus switches to work with Windows Server 8 Hyper-V, making use of the open extensible switch coming in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V – which allows networking vendors to support network virtualization capabilities with Hyper-V.

IDC predicts: 2012 will be VMware’s last year as ‘King of the Hill’

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2012 at 11:43

IDC has predicted that 2012 will be VMware’s last year as ‘King of the Hill’.

With Windows Server 8, Hyper-V beats VMware not only in pricing but also in features. Even if VMware brought down pricing, Hyper-V still has features that VMware doesn’t.

And do not forget that System Center (the current version as well as 2012) has more mature and complete management features than VMware ever had, and the key to meaningful virtualization or realizing a private cloud lies in robust management tools.

MVP Aidan Finn wrote on his blog with a touch of humor:

And don’t forget that System Center (current and future) smack VMware’s “management” products around like a one-legged little person in a heavyweight MMA fight.

VMware fanboys and trolls please save yourselves the trouble, comments on this blog are moderated. Smile