Importance of Virtualization
Virtualization concepts aim for increased business productivity by using a minimal number of physical servers. These virtualization concepts can be implemented by the firmware or software components known as Hypervisors. The Hypervisor has the ability to virtualize the physical server, thus permitting the system to host multiple guest VMs. They are eventually optimized to enhance the production of the physical server environment. Traditionally the Hypervisors are deployed directly on the bare metal or they run as an application on the operating system which resides on the physical hardware.
Microsoft has developed a convincing alternative to some of the other hypervisor vendors in the Virtualization market. It fairly provides Hyper-V Servers and Windows Server Hyper-V to reduce the workloads of IT firms, SMBs and Enterprise level organizations. These Hypervisors are capable of creating and running virtual machines optionally by enabling the Hyper-V role on the Windows Servers or as a separate Hyper-V server OS on the Bare metal. Here comes the confusion that “Whether to go with Hyper-V Servers or to Windows Server Hyper-V”, which is better?
Hyper-V Servers vs Windows Server Hyper-V
Microsoft developed Hyper-V Servers which signified the growth of the virtualization technology. Hyper-V Servers are exclusively a Standalone product which has direct access to the physical machine’s hardware, where you lose the ability to enable the Hyper-V role on the physical Server machine. Hyper-V Servers seated on the Host hardware consolidates the single Host machine into a number of virtual machines, which operates on the available pooled resources of the server machine in order to convert the higher density environment into smaller space. On the other hand, Hyper-V Servers are completely free to download and install. it also allows you to build your own virtual environment. Then what’s the role of Windows Server Hyper-V?
To make it more simplified, Microsoft alters the Hyper-V Server to be implemented as a role on the Server class Windows operating system. Therefore the Host OS turns out into the parent partition where the hypervisor partition resides between the parent partition and the Host hardware. Windows Server with Hyper-V comes out with different editions (Standard, Datacenter, Essentials) in the market which relies on the type of Windows server operating system of your choice. The difference is that adapting to Hyper-V Server restricts the user to experience the robust set of features and roles of windows operating system but the Windows server Hyper-V eliminates this feature restriction. So, which is better? To be honest, I’m not sure which one is better than the other. The fact is that Microsoft delivers these packages on the licensing basis. In my opinion, the user’s choice would be at absolute best based on their licensing needs.
The optimized Features and periodical updates on Microsoft Hypervisors gives a tough competition for the other Hypervisor vendors around the virtualization market.