Overview of Hyper-V
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2
Hyper-V provides software infrastructure and basic management tools that you can use to create and manage a virtualized server computing environment. This virtualized environment can be used to address a variety of business goals aimed at improving efficiency and reducing costs. For example, a virtualized server environment can help you:
Reduce the costs of operating and maintaining physical servers by increasing your hardware utilization. You can reduce the amount of hardware needed to run your server workloads.
Increase development and test efficiency by reducing the amount of time it takes to set up hardware and software and reproduce test environments.
Improve server availability without using as many physical computers as you would need in a failover configuration that uses only physical computers.
For more information about Hyper-V, see the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93752). For information about the new features in the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V technology, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142885.