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Increase Server Availability and Support Burst Demand with Virtualization

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The term high availability refers to ensuring that an IT infrastructure is available to users whenever it is needed. When multiple users require the same resource at the same time, some users may have to wait for access.

The traditional way of addressing this issue is by adding servers to the infrastructure. But adding hardware can be wasteful if that new compute capacity cannot be made available where it and the applications that users want are needed. Virtualization, running an application or server on hardware in the data center which is distributed to users on demand across the organization, is the solution to inefficient use of hardware assets.

Virtualization requires some planning to deploy and configure. The resources on this page provide the information and tools that help with this process.


Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture 
This downloadable poster maps the virtualization world.


Infrastructure Planning and Design: Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
Get the end-to-end explanation about selecting and configuring a virtualization technologies for your company.


Understanding System Center Virtual Machine Manager
TechNet Library introduces VMM’s role in centralized administration and management of virtual machines.


Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool
Project potential costs and benefits for various optimization strategies you want to consider.


Microsoft Virtualization Learning Snack
Take an interactive tour of Hyper-V and Integrated Virtualization from Microsoft.

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