Virtualisation and Microsoft HyperV
Virtualisation is a technology that has been in use for many years but was previously impractical for smaller businesses to implement due to its high cost – however now that the hardware capable of running this technology is affordable to even the smallest business virtualisation is seen as an essential technology when server upgrades are being considered. In a nutshell, virtualisation is a technology that allows multiple computers, both servers and desktops, to be installed and run on a single physical computer. Hardware performance within these virtual machines (VM's) can be tweaked up or down in a few moments as and when required.
Microsoft's HyperV virtualisation technology comes included as part of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. We use this technology to make the most efficient use of server hardware for our clients, and it is also an essential component in our disaster recovery planning. By utilising HyperV - disaster recovery times which on traditional server setups could take days can be reduced literally down to a matter of minutes with the correct implementation.