Microsoft with its product Hyper-V® is a major player in the virtualisation space. It lets you create and run a software version of a computer, called a virtual machine. Each virtual machine acts like a complete computer, running an operating system and programs.
When you need computing resources, virtual machines give you more flexibility, help save time and money, and are a more efficient way to use hardware than just running one operating system on physical hardware.
Hyper-V runs each virtual machine in its own isolated space, which means you can run more than one virtual machine on the same hardware at the same time. You might want to do this to avoid problems such as a crash affecting the other workloads or to simply consolidate hardware resources in turn giving customers a better ROI on hardware investments.
- Establish or expand a private cloud environment.
- Use your hardware more effectively. Consolidate servers and workloads onto fewer, more powerful physical computers to use less power and physical space.
- Improve business continuity. Minimize the impact of both scheduled and unscheduled downtime of your workloads.
- Deploy Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Virtualisation Host (RD Virtualisation Host) on the same server to make personal virtual desktops or virtual desktop pools available to your users.
- create development and test environments. Reproduce your environment and test upgrades/patches without having to buy or maintain all the hardware needed if you only used physical systems.