Advanced Virtualization Management for Hyper-V and System Center Environments
sponsored by Citrix

Server virtualization with Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V allows you to make the best use of server hardware investments, reduce management overhead and create a more dynamic IT infrastructure. However, as is common with new, game-changing technologies, server virtualization can challenge traditional approaches to IT delivery. For example, storage management in virtualized environments can be cumbersome and inefficient because virtualization makes it difficult for organizations to take advantage of advanced storage services, such as thin provisioning, deduplication and snapshots.

As a result, storage configuration and management of virtualization environments is far from simple. Another challenge common to virtual environments is managing virtual machine lifecycles through lab and production. The ease with which virtual machines can be created and deployed creates an opportunity for faster development cycles. However, this same flexibility inevitably leads to uncontrollable sprawl of virtual machines and geometric growth of related datacenter infrastructure. Lab management and virtualization automation tools are essential to managing virtualization lifecycles.

Last, server virtualization is an enabling technology that provides for new ways of delivering applications and desktop to users. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V can serve as the foundation for Citrix XenDesktop™, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offering that allows users to access work environment from anywhere. While the IT benefits of VDI are undeniable, the management of virtual and physical infrastructure associated with centralized desktops can present real challenges for an organization. For example, the storage requirements of virtual desktop infrastructure can completely offset the value of a centralized desktop delivery model. To combat these challenges, Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V delivers unique virtual machine provisioning services and integrated storage management to streamline image management and dramatically reduce storage requirements in VDI deployments.

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