Ahead of the general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, I’ve added an extensive feature comparison of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 (100+ individual features) to the Virtualization Matrix.
- Windows Server 2012 Standard
- Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
- Free Hyper-V Server + Free Management
- Free Hyper-V Server + System Center 2012 SP1
- Please note that SP1 (System Center) is required to manage Windows 2012 hosts (GA expected early 2013) so all System Center related features listed are based on SP1.
- You can select the appropriate ‘Editions‘ e.g. Standard, Datacenter or Hyper-V Server under the vendor (Microsoft) and product (Hyper-V 2012) – then simply click on the “refresh” button (see picture)
- A new tick-box allows you now to include “previous versions” in any comparison e.g. older versions of vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer and – soon to come – Redhat Enterprise Virtiualization 3.1 RHEV.
- As the free ‘Hyper-V Server 2012’ can either be managed with the (fee-based) System Center (SP1) or the included (free) management tools (Server Manager, Hyper-V Manager, PowerShell etc) I’ve decided to add separate “editions” for ‘Hyper-V Server 2012 with System Center’ as well as ‘Hyper-V Server without System Center. This will avoid the confusion I’ve seen arising when mixing ‘fee’ and ‘free’ in any comparison.
What’s New in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 – the main improvements included amongst many others in the Virtualization Matrix comparison are:
- Scalability and Performance (Host: 320 logical CPUs, 4TB RAM, 2,048 vCPUs; vm: 64 vCPUs, 1TB vRAM; Cluster: 64 nodes, 8000 vms etc.)
- Storage Improvements (SMB3, Virtual Fiber Channel, new VHDX format up to 64TB, ODX, TRIM, 3rd party MPIO, Storage Spaces etc. )
- Networking (Hyper-V Extensible Switch with PVLANs, ARP/ND Spoofing, monitoring & port mirroring, partner extensions; SR-IOV support etc.)
- VM Mobility Improvements (Dynamic Optimization, Shared Nothing Live Migrations, ‘unlimited’ concurrent live migration over 1 and 10Gbit, Live Storage Migration etc.)
- Availability Improvements (DR through Hyper-V Replica, integrated NIC teaming, CSV v2, affinity rules and restart priorities, application monitoring, cluster aware updates etc.)
- Management & Deployment (Service Templates, SMI-S/SMP based storage management, cluster management, bare-metal host deployment, host groups and multi-vendor management etc.)
- ‘VDI’ Enhancements in Remote Desktop Services (unified management, RemoteFX enhancements, GPU support, user profile management etc.)
- Cloud (Private Cloud management, multi tenancy improvements, App Controller hybrid management and portal, Network Virtualization etc.)
Some IT departments now have to prove that Hyper-V is “not good enough” if they want to justify continued use of VMware for all workloads
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