New Offering: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication hosting
Microsoft has added a lot of compelling features to Hyper-V in Server 2012 which make it very competitive with VMWare’s (industry standard) vSphere product. Ars Technica provided a good general writeup of the third generation Hyper-V here. Microsoft MVP Aidan Finn is my favorite technical authority on Hyper-V and his comparison between 2012 Hyper-V and vSphere 5.1 offers a vicious tear-down of the VMWare platform. To be fair, some of the features he specifies as being available in vSphere enterprise are also available in cheaper versions of vSphere. But overall, it appears that Hyper-V is actually surpassing VMWare in many areas and all of these features are included in the FREE version of Hyper-V Server.
Some of my favorite Hyper-V 2012 features include:
Shared-Nothing Live Migration – allows us to move VM’s between Hyper-V hosts without being part of a cluster or using shared storage. (Nice for maintenance or manual load rebalancing.)
Replica – replicate VMs over the WAN for Disaster Recovery
We are working on an offering to provide Hyper-V VM replication services to small businesses that want to have site redundancy in case of disaster. FEMA estimates 40% of businesses are unable to rebuild post-disaster. We are now offering a pilot program with special pricing for clients that are interested. Contact me for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.