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Sneak Peek at Hyper-V 2.0

Some details of the next version of Hyper-V are coming out of Microsoft's Professional Developer's Conference this week in Los Angeles. Hyper-V 2.0, as Microsoft has stated recently, will be part of Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft's roadmap says R2 will be out in 2010. Whether early, mid or late, no one knows.

The big upgrade, as most everyone knows, is Live Migration, or the ability to move running virtual machines (VMs) from one physical host to another with no downtime.

Other notable upgrades, according to Web site HyperVoria, include hot-swapability of memory and storage; a doubling of the supported number of logical processors; and Second Level Translation, which should decrease the load on the hypervisor to make better use of memory and increase efficiency.

It's good to see some confirmation of what, essentially, we already knew. It shows two things: First, that Microsoft is committed to remaining in this space for the long haul; and second, that Redmond remains pretty far behind VMware in terms of virtualization technology.

Posted by Keith Ward on 10/30/2008 at 12:48 PM


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