Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 under the microscope

VMware clearly still has a hold on the virtualization market, but with recent changes in Hyper-V 3.0, Microsoft is making a serious push to gain ground. It will be a while before anyone will be able to say whether the introduction of Hyper-V 3.0 was a real turning point, but you don't have to wait to see why the latest version of the hypervisor is turning heads.

If you're considering a switch to Hyper-V 3.0, we can help lead you through the process. We’ve assembled a collection of resources that can help you learn about new features and how recent changes can affect your production environment.

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Beyond the hype: Hyper-V 3.0 features and enhancements

By Julia Anderson, Assistant Site Editor

Partly in response to previous failings and user complaints, and partly to keep up with the competition, Microsoft outfitted Hyper-V 3.0 with an extensive list of new, improved and revamped features. Designed to make the lives of IT pros easier, Hyper-V 3.0 features include:

  • scalability upgrades for virtual machines (VMs), hosts and clusters;
  • redesigned live migration; and
  • support for extensible virtual switches.

The enhancements will not necessarily fit every virtual data center, however, and many may require extra hardware or software that could put added strain on an IT budget.

If the hypervisor is on your radar, take a closer look at its under-the-hood changes, and determine which Hyper-V 3.0 features could benefit your infrastructure.

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What a Hyper-V 3.0 upgrade can mean for your environment

By Julia Anderson, Assistant Site Editor

Since its preview at last year's Build 8 conference, Hyper-V 3.0 has become one of Microsoft's most anticipated releases. Users and pundits have dissected and scrutinized the hypervisor, and some say it will be the first virtualization platform to truly challenge VMware.

The increasing hype and constant comparison to vSphere can make it hard for IT pros to get a clear view of how the new hypervisor would change existing Hyper-V environments. Installing the hypervisor on a test server, however, gives you an accurate evaluation of its features and capabilities. You'll get a better idea which bells and whistles are worth listening to and you'll get a head start on how to manage Hyper-V 3.0 in production workloads.

This guide gives you a closer look at the process of upgrading to Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0.

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Complete guide to Microsoft Hyper-V 3 and storage

The newest version of Microsoft's virtualization platform, Hyper-V 3.0, touts new storage-related features and improvements that aim to simplify the virtualization process and increase flexibility. This guide provides content that will explain and review Hyper-V 3.0 features for storage such as shared-nothing live migration, which eliminates the need for shared storage for live migration, or the replica feature, which facilitates disaster recovery. Below are videos and expert insights providing everything you need to know about Hyper-V 3.0 and storage, including how these features work and specifications needed in order to use them.

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