In the era of increasing demand for high uptime, low-cost solutions, there has been a shift away from traditional clustering and replication models. These models have traditionally been very expensive and complicated, requiring multiple Storage Area Networks (SANs) enabled with replication and duplicate sets of compute resources. In this context, Windows Server 2012 introduces a new feature to Microsoft’s Hyper-V offering, which includes the replication of Virtual Machines (VMs) between servers called Hyper-V Replica.
This is useful for environments where uptime is important, in areas that are vulnerable to disaster, such as the Gulf South during hurricane season. Using Hyper-V Replica, an organization can activate VMs, providing business-critical services in a geographically safe location for continued use. Coupled with thorough planning and appropriate network solutions, the flexibility of Hyper-V allows businesses to continue their services in the case that a primary location is incapacitated or in danger.Continue Reading