Microsoft Hyper-V R2 and Dell EqualLogic: The perfect virtualisation marriage

12 October 2009

The much anticipated Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 release is finally here. Dubbed as the ‘FREE’ add on for Windows Server 2008 users, the new R2 release offers new scope and new possibilities. However it is the prospect of a marriage to Dell EqualLogic storage arrays which is causing quite a stir, even in today’s rapidly maturing server virtualisation market.

For organisations that rely on Microsoft to deliver their critical business applications (SQL Server, Exchange etc), this new platform will be of specific interest.

For many the Dell EqualLogic iSCSI based route to virtualisation has offered the best balance of performance, cost of ownership, scalability and reliability. The all important ‘R2’ moniker promises Dell EqualLogic users a credible x86 route to server virtualisation with increased virtualised data centre availability plus improved virtual networking performance and hardware support. Furthermore, R2 delivers a simplified method for physical and virtual computer deployments by using .vhd files.

Commenting on the announcement, Lee Ganly, CIO of ADA Technology Services said “The latest R2 version of Hyper-V has never been deployed on an EqualLogic platform in the UK before. Storage-Expo was the obvious event to demonstrate this new solution and I’m delighted that ADA was chosen by both Dell and Microsoft to make this a possibility”.

Ganly went on to say “Hyper-V is essentially a free product that is both powerful and versatile. Anyone interested in data protection capabilities around application consistent snapshotting of SQL, Exchange and Hyper-V should attend one of our interactive sessions. I guarantee that they will learn something new”.

ADA has built a formidable reputation for delivering cloud based PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions using Dell EqualLogic. By providing replication targets for customer critical data, EqualLogic provides application consistent snapshots to hosted customer environments, improving recovery and mitigating the risk of version upgrades and patching.

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