With the launch of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 came a myriad of new features and benefits that not only provide increased uptime and easier maintenance, but improved security as well.

One of the most notable improvements is a new format for the virtual hard disks.  With data storage needs increasing every day, the older format, vhd, has become a bottleneck in most networks.  The disk was limited to 2TB in size and was not built specifically for performance with today’s newest hard disk formats.  The new vhdx format however, allows for a virtual disk up to 64TB in size and offers protection from corruption caused by power failures.  The new format also helps prevent performance degradation by optimizing structure alignment.

Hyper-V 2012 also introduced many high availability features as well.  Live migrations, live merging of snapshots, advanced failover clustering enable you to keep your servers up and running during most of the tasks that require them to be shut off with other virtualization solutions.  Operations such as maintenance, upgrading, and storage migrations can now be done without taking your entire business offline.

So what does all this mean for your business?  Using Hyper-V 2012 and Windows 8 management, you can build a more reliable, fault tolerant, and scalable network while reducing operating and maintenance costs.  This equates into increased productivity and profitability with near perfect availability and better security.

Ask us how the new features of Hyper-V Server 2012 and virtualization can help your business reach its full potential.