Microsoft has released a public beta for its hypervisor-based server virtualization technology called Hyper-V, a feature available with some versions of Windows Server 2008.
Currently beta for Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V is available for the x64 Enterprise Edition in English. The new Hyper-V includes features such as Quick Migration, high availability, Server Core role and Server Manager integration.
The beta version of Hyper-V especially designed by Microsoft to deliver users a broad range of familiar and cost-effective virtualization infrastructure software that can help reducing operating costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize infrastructure and improve server availability.
“Delivering the high-quality Hyper-V beta earlier than expected allows our customers and partners to begin evaluating this feature of Windows Server 2008 and provide us with valuable feedback as we march toward final release,” said Bill Laing, general manager of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft.
“Along with Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 offers cost-effective and flexible licensing for virtualization so that customers and partners can extend the savings realized through server consolidation and deliver on the vision of Dynamic IT,” Laing continued.
Interested users and partners can download the trial version of beta Hyper-V at http://www.microsoft.com/ws08eval.
Also, the software giant announced that it is developing the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager in order to provide integrated management of physical and virtual environments. The upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager version will enable users to rapidly provision and configure new virtual machines, and centrally manage their virtual infrastructure, running on Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, VMware ESX Server and Virtual Infrastructure 3 (V13).