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Hyper V R2 + SCVMM R2: Introducing Storage Migration

Hyper V R2 + SCVMM R2 are better together, Can they be any more better….???

Yes, they can and Teams here at Microsoft are constantly making it better and better than the best.

Today Edwin Yuen, Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization team introduced a much awaited feature in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 called Quick Storage Migration(QSM) in a great post on Microsoft Virtualization official blog.

In addition to Live Migration, I get to hear a lot about storage migration when i interact with our partners and customers, How can they migrate the Hyper V storage (VDHs) from 1 SAN box to another.                                                                                                           Lots of customer uses Shared storage like SAN to store their VMs VHDs to create a failover cluster to make high available VMs and when it comes to move the Storage from 1 SAN box to another storage location, that causes a considerable amount of downtime.


Now with System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 and Hyper V with Server 2008 R2, You can do the storage Migration with less than 1 minute of Downtime.

You know the best part i like about this post and this technology, How it helps our customers to further lower the TCO.

In Edwin’s words,

One thing our customers have been telling us loud and clear is that they are very, very happy we are offering Live Migration for FREE with Hyper-V R2. With Quick Storage Migration, we knew we had another opportunity to drive down the costs for storage migration capability that has been largely priced out of the reach of most customers. Specifically, VMware Storage VMotion is only available in their Enterprise/Enterprise Plus SKUs ($2875 & $3495 per processor respectively). Contrast this with the fact that Quick Storage Migration is included with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 both the Enterprise Edition and the Workgroup Edition which will be available for starting at about $500.

For a small five node cluster consisting of two and four processors servers, that would cost at a minimum:

Storage migration

That’s customer focus.”

Isn’t this piece of technology so irresistible and adds so much value to your existing investments with so lower cost??

I strong recommend you to please read the full blog post of Edwin Yuen to understand how Microsoft Quick Migrations works and how it can benefit business continuity HERE

And do let me know your feedback and comments. 🙂