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Cool Hyper-V Demo Now Public

A post I wrote in April. "Coolest Hyper-V Demo You've Never Seen," was just that. One reader asked "What demo?" as I didn't have much information on the demo other than it was the best Hyper-V demo I have ever been furnished.

Well, now the demo is publicly available. Calvin Zito at HP writes Around the Storage Block and coordinated the recent HP StorageWorks Tech Day. The Hyper-V demo is truly a showcase of the Cluster Extension features of the HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) platform. You can view Calvin's write up on the demo online here.

The video (you can view it here, if you like) shows the eight-node cluster and screen activity, albeit in a limited view. This is effectively the same demo I saw, and it does work.

While it is clear that the demo is showcasing the storage technologies, it is important to note that there are options for Hyper-V. The larger partner ecosystem of storage and management software is critical to seeing Hyper-V make significant inroads into mainstream virtualization. This is also an important time to note that this type of feature doesn't revolve around tight System Center integration. I'm going out on a limb here, but this is one of the fundamental differences between VMware and Microsoft's virtualization approach. System Center will go up and down the stack from the hypervisor to the application, but you are out of luck for multiple site storage management in situations like this example. This Hyper-V long distance migration solution is made possible entirely by the storage management software.

This is one of the best examples of a Hyper-V long-distance migration solution I know of, but are there more? Do you need more stuff like this? Share your comments here.

Posted by Rick Vanover on 06/01/2010 at 12:47 PM


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