Simple, Powerful and
Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V ™
on intel® Xeon® Processor-based Servers
S o LU T i o n b R i E F You’re probably well aware that virtualization can help you simplify and consolidate
your IT infrastructure, improve service levels and streamline new application deploy-
Reduce Costs through ments, all while dramatically lowering your total costs. Yet up until now you may have
been concerned about the cost and complexity of deploying and managing virtual-
ization. It’s time to take a fresh look.
Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ running on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor-
based servers provides all the benefits of enterprise-class server virtualization in an
integrated solution that is optimized for midsize and smaller businesses.
• Low Acquisition Costs and Easy Deployment — Hyper-V is included in the
Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system at no extra cost. You can migrate
your existing applications into virtual machines with just a few clicks and
without disruptive changes to your software environment.
• Simplified Management Using Familiar Tools — Manage your physical
and virtual servers from a single control panel using the included tools or System
Center Virtual Machine Manager. Your staff will be able to maintain your systems
more efficiently and with less downtime, and deploy new applications in minutes.
• Exceptional Performance and Scalability — The latest Intel Xeon processor-
based servers deliver more than double the virtualization performance1 of previous-
generation servers with reduced energy consumption and outstanding reliability.
Many organizations are using them to achieve ten to one or higher consolidation
ratios, with corresponding reductions in power, space and management costs.
• The Highest Levels of Compatibility, Reliability and Support —
Thousands of businesses are using Hyper-V running on Intel Xeon processor-
based servers to run business-critical applications. You can deploy it with
confidence in your production environment.
A Solution for Your In the event of an attack, you can quarantine infected
systems and bring replacement VMs online almost
Toughest iT Challenges instantly to minimize downtime.
Hyper-V introduces a thin layer of software that transforms a
single physical server into multiple “virtual machines” (VMs), Move your custom applications
each capable of hosting a guest operating system. It gives to a higher-value architecture
you unprecedented control over your hardware and software Migrate legacy custom applications into VMs running on
assets. You can add or subtract processing, memory or I/O powerful new servers to improve performance and reduce
resources to a running VM or quickly migrate a running VM costs. Most older Windows® operating systems can be
to a different physical server. The benefits are far reaching. migrated without software changes, and virtualization
can help you improve returns for migrating RISC/UNIX*
Reduce your costs or mainframe applications.
through server consolidation
By consolidating applications onto powerful new servers,
businesses can typically reduce server numbers by an order
of magnitude or more to drive down costs and breathe new The Virtualization Software
life into overcrowded data centers. (To estimate the benefits You’ve been Waiting For
in your environment, use the Intel ROI calculator at:
Hyper-V gives you the flexibility and control you need to
consolidate your entire server infrastructure. You can con-
solidate unmodified Windows, Linux* and Xen-based Linux
Maintain systems and operating systems on the same server, including both 32-bit
software without downtime and 64-bit versions. You can allocate up to four processors
You can easily move applications to different servers for and 64 GB of memory per VM for demanding workloads. You
scheduled maintenance. You can also duplicate a VM can also configure advanced networking capabilities, such
almost instantly, so you can deploy and test patches, as VLANs, network address translation and firewalls. You
upgrades and new applications without putting your can even add or remove virtual NICs without downtime.
production environment at risk.
Hyper-V is fully integrated into the Windows operating
environment for a simple and trouble-free virtualization
implement high availability and experience.
disaster recovery cost-effectively
Hyper-V works seamlessly with the clustering, failover and System Center Virtual Machine Manager Workgroup
load-balancing capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2. Edition simplifies physical-to-VM conversion and VM mana-
You can implement high availability and disaster recovery gement. It can help you identify best-fit physical servers for
without the high cost of hardware duplication. Also, Hyper-V each operating system (OS) environment and then copy the
supports live migration, adding additional flexibility to move entire OS into a VM without interrupting performance on the
running VMs from one physical host to another without any source system.
disruption of service or perceived downtime. System Center Essentials 2007 provides compre-
hensive, policy-based management of physical and virtual
improve security machines from a central location. It simplifies provisioning,
Isolate your business and web-interfacing applications monitoring, change management and troubleshooting.
in separate VMs and configure security independently
for each VM to protect your business more effectively.
Returns with intel Xeon
Choosing the right server hardware increases the value of
virtualization. The industry-leading performance, reliability
and flexibility of Intel Xeon processor-based servers offer
built for Virtualization
Intel Xeon processor-based servers support Intel® Virtual- Superior Consolidation Ratios
ization Technology † (Intel® VT), which provides hardware
With two high-performance, quad-core processors
assistance for key virtualization processes throughout the
(capable of running 16 concurrent software threads) and
server platform to enable more powerful, efficient and
up to 144 GB of memory, a 2-socket server based on the
affordable virtualization solutions.
Intel Xeon processor 5500 series can support multiple
Intel VT helps to improve performance and scalability by applications and heavy workloads with ease. Each proc-
reducing the need for compute-intensive hypervisor transi- essor provides up to 8 MB of fast on-die cache, Intel®
tions and software translations between the guest and host Hyper-Threading Technology◊ and Intel® QuickPath
operating systems. This enhances overall server performance technology, which provides up to 3.5 times the system
and enables more VMs to run on a host server at near- bandwidth of previous-generation processors.
If you are looking for even higher consolidation ratios,
Intel® VT FlexPriority delivers additional performance improve- consider 4-socket or larger servers based on the Intel®
ments by minimizing the impact of requests, or “interrupts,” Xeon® processor 7400∆ series. With up to 24 cores and
which come from other devices or applications and can be a 256 GB of memory in a single 4-socket server, these
significant source of performance loss in virtual environments. systems deliver higher capacity for large-scale consolida-
Intel VT FlexPriority introduces a special register to monitor tion. Many IT organizations achieve order of magnitude
the priority of tasks. Only the highest priority interrupts get reductions in server numbers to dramatically simplify
immediate attention, so the processor can perform more management and reduce operating costs.
useful work with fewer distractions.
industry-leading Energy Efficiency
Up to nine Times the Performance The energy-saving benefits of consolidation are increased
The latest Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series-based by the intelligent power management capabilities of the
servers increase performance by a factor of two compared Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. With Intel® Turbo Boost
with previous-generation systems, and by a factor of nine Technology,§ these systems deliver peak performance when
compared with older, single-core processor-based systems.2 you need it, while scaling down energy consumption when
With these performance gains, you can expect performance workloads are low. You get up to 2.2x the performance of
to improve substantially as you move applications from previous-generation servers in a similar power envelope,3
dedicated older servers into VMs on these more along with an estimated 50 percent reduction in idle power
powerful systems. consumption.4 Windows Server 2008 R2 fully supports this
intelligent power management, dynamically scaling power
per core to match workloads.