Windows Server 8 is slated to be the most impressive leap forward from Microsoft's server platforms in a long while. New features of the platform were recently revealed to the public at the BUILD Conference. While some of these have been discussed in previous pre-release blogs and announcements, others came as a welcome surprise to conference participants and attendees.
Many of the new features and enhancements represent improvements to Hyper-V 3.0, which is included by default in Windows Server 8 packages. The new functionality built into Hyper-V 3.0 transforms it into a product comparable in many ways to VMware's vSphere 5, which has also recently been updated and improved.
Enhancements to Hyper-V 3.0 will include an improved capacity for the software to perform, for example, migration of live storage. This means that users will be able to move their virtual disks over to another volume on the network even while the virtual machines in question remain online. The platform further more will allow for an unlimited number of simultaneous live migrations. Prior to this release, only one VM at a time would be live migrated; other migrations requested had to be queued until resources to accomplish them became available.
Disaster recovery capabilities have also been improved with the introduction of Hyper-V Replica, which allows for the complete replication of VMs over networks, including duplicating data from any source storage to any destination storage. This feature not only helps guarantee a more robust backup solution, but also makes disaster recovery more affordable.
Windows Server 8 can be implemented in an enterprise as a project or as part of a managed program model.