Microsoft’s Hypervisor Technology Gains Traction Among Hosting Providers

Posted by bink on July 30 2008, 3:39 AM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

Q&A: John Zanni, general manager of Worldwide Hosting for Microsoft discusses the progress of Hyper-V since its release to hosting providers last month.

Since its general availability one month ago, several hosting providers have begun using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, an engine that allows virtualization of mulitple operating systems on the same server. This week at HostingCon 2008, Microsoft is showcasing the Hyper-V adoption by four hosting providers and discussing how the new virtualization technology is designed to help maximize datacenter efficiency, scalability and manageability while lowering costs.

John Zanni, general manager of Worldwide Hosting
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As part of Microsoft’s broader platform strategy for hosting providers, the Worldwide Hosting group is also featuring the latest tools and programs to further help partners to be successful in the world of software-plus-services. This includes Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 early adoption program, as well as the Windows Hosting Deployment Accelerator (HDA) tool that now includes Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008.

Leading up to the HostingCon event, PressPass discussed Hyper-V’s momentum with John Zanni, general manager for Worldwide Hosting, and what the new technology can bring to customers and partners.

PressPass: First off, what is Hyper-V?

Zanni: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is a virtualization engine that provides what we call “hypervisor-based virtualization.” It is a feature built into select versions of Windows Server 2008 that allows virtualization of multiple operating systems, including Windows and Linux, on the same server.

PressPass: What are you conveying to partners this year at HostingCon?

Zanni: We’re highlighting how Hyper-V can help hosting providers reduce costs and boost efficiency by consolidating datacenter resources. In just over a month, a number of hosting providers have already experienced such benefits in deploying Hyper-V, including Layered Technologies, Hostbasket, SoftCom and SoftLayer. These providers participated in the Hyper-V Go Live program, which allowed them to deploy the beta version into live production, and engage in the testing process as early adopters.

In addition, we’re also announcing the upcoming addition of Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008 to the HDA tool in September. These accelerators will contain guidance and best practices for hosting providers implementing the technologies, enabling them to understand the features of Hyper-V and quickly deploy new offerings based on the latest technologies.

PressPass: Why is Hyper-V relevant from an industry perspective?

Zanni: With the growing adoption of virtualization technology, it’s evident that hosting providers across the industry are looking to retire old hardware and consolidate servers with fewer machines that are better utilized.

Addressing the existing concerns of hosting providers that stem from the limited availability of datacenter resources, Hyper-V significantly increases the efficiency and helps reduce many of the costs associated with running and managing datacenters by consolidating resources. As a scalable, reliable and highly available virtualization platform, Hyper-V allows hosting providers to continue to run heterogeneous environments by running both Windows and Linux on the same server using a single management interface.

In addition, Hyper-V allows hosting providers to offer businesses a secure development, testing and staging environment, business continuity services and dedicated virtual private servers (VPS). Hyper-V also makes it easy for hosters to create offers for developers, giving them a secure application development environment at a competitive price point.

As part of the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition, Hyper-V also helps hosting providers reduce costs by allowing for unlimited virtual environments on a server for a predictable and low monthly licensing fee. Simplifying the migration process, Hyper-V also enables hosting providers to easily migrate existing physical servers to Hyper-V with only a few clicks of a mouse, minimizing time and associated costs.

PressPass: How does Microsoft help hosting providers manage Hyper-V?

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