Virtualisation and Hyper V

For those of you who are considering virtualisation and understand the potential benefits of this type of technology i.e. less downtime, high availability, lower maintenance costs, etc. I thought it would be worth sharing some of the information I have increasingly seen appearing on the web.

The general consideration when looking at virtualisation always seemed to revolve around 'Microsoft Hyper V or VMware?' In all of the situations we have come up against we have always felt confident that the Microsoft solution is more than adequate for requirements especially as it is essentially 'free' with the purchase of Windows Server 2008. We of course have 'practised what we preach' and used this as the basis for the infrastructure at our hosting centre so we are fully aware of the capbilities of the software.

In the past though a lot of the posts I have seen on the web have tended to favour VMware in some shape or form. However times seem to be changing and the realisation that Hyper V not only fulfills requirements but also comes in at a lower price is even being noticed by the independent/impartial virtualisation websites as shown by the following blog post:

http://virtualizationreview.com/blogs/the-hoard-facts/2011/10/inevitable-rise-of-hyper-v.aspx

This is only going to become more obvious with the latest release of Hyper V and to indicate why some of the more useful technical benefits are listed in a post below:

http://virtualizationreview.com/blogs/virtual-insider/2011/10/5-fast-reasons-to-upgrade-to-hyper-v-3.aspx

Realistically virtualisation is going to become a standard platform moving forward, the real question is whether you want to use an effective and free piece of software or pay for something that has additional functionality but in reality you are never likely to need?