Virtual Server 2005 is one of new developments in the Microsoft virtual servers family. This solution permits to improve a testing quality and increase a speed of the software development. The Microsoft virtual servers allow to provide the migration of inherited business applications and servers consolidation as well.
The Virtual Server 2005 is a full solution for a virtual machines creation. The Microsoft virtual servers contain some features that provide more convenient work with data, organization and management of the network functioning, available via a web console. Additionally, there is a fast and convenient installation procedure that includes only seven steps. The Virtual Server 2005 provides full isolation of the virtual machines and at the same time it gives a possibility to use available hardware. Furthermore, the performance of the system administrators' activities is increased at all stages of the information systems life cycle.
Microsoft created the Virtual Server 2005 for work under the operation system Windows Server 2003. This server is included in the products family Windows Server System and it is a powerful and profitable platform for the virtual systems deployment.
The Virtual Server 2005 is accessible in two versions - Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. Both versions are supplied with the same set of functions. The difference between these variants is in the scalability opportunities. The Virtual Server 2005, Standard Edition, supports up to four processors and the Virtual Server 2005, Enterprise Edition, supports up to thirty two physical processors.
The Microsoft virtual servers are the most efficient solution for the virtualization due to the following advantages:
- A decrease of the hardware usage efficiency. The combination of the Virtual Server 2005 and the Windows Server 2003 guarantees organizing a platform for deploying virtual machines and maximizing an efficient usage of available hardware for all guest systems. The Microsoft Virtual Servers permit the usage of many operation systems for the x6 architecture and the creation of guest Windows systems. The centralized resources management allows to control the resources for each virtual machine.
- An increase of the system administrator activities efficiency and the system sensitiveness. The combination of the COM API software interface and the VHD format for virtual hard disks grants a full control of the virtual machines environment with a flexible configuration. The virtual Server Administration Web Site management console provides the authorized management and the ability for a remote access. Moreover, an administrator can use traditional tools for the virtual machines management, since the Virtual Server can be integrated with all Microsoft Web Servers and products of the side developers.
- A wide choice of the partners' solutions. Purchasing the package, you receive an opportunity to use varied additional products and services that are proposed by Microsoft for the Virtual Server deployment and management. There are typical Microsoft solutions offers and also products, services and solutions from the system integration specialists.
The Microsoft virtual servers seem as one of the best solutions for the corporate work in the recent years. In the meantime something better appears, let us take an advantage of this great opportunity.