Its been a long time coming and lots of folks at EPIC Systems and Microsoft have put effort into thoroughly testing EPIC Hyperspace and Web and Services Servers on Hyper-V 2012 R2. Finally it has passed all the tests and has made the Target Platform List.
Here are the highlights of the announcement:
- Hyper-V 2012 R2 is now on the Target Platform for EPIC Hyperspace, and Web and Service Servers
- EPS, Relay, Hyperspace Web, WBS, Interconnect (Soap, Store and Forward), Cogito DB, Analytics, Tools, Slicer Dicer, Clarity DB etc…
- The hardware resources (CPU, Memory, Storage) for the Hyper-V host are exactly the same as what you would choose for your ESXi hosts.
- VM resource allocations are exactly the same as what you would choose for your VMs with VMware
Keys takeaways for organizations:
- Same high application performance and hardware costs as VMware: Documentation and announcement follows the same resource requirements for both VMware and Hyper-V.
- Unify your virtualization support and general Microsoft application support contracts under one contract: Premier Support will cover all of these instead of having to supply VMware Business Critical Support AND Microsoft Premier Support as EPIC prescribes as minimum levels of vendor support. Microsoft Premier Support would cover the virtualization layer as well as the Microsoft application layer across all of your EPIC VMs.
- Simplify your Host licensing: If you are running VMware for you EPIC workloads you are probably already buying Windows Server Datacenter licenses for your VMware hosts (or you should be) in order to get unlimited/free server licensing for all VMs that reside on that hosts. Since you already own these licenses, there would be no additional cost in Microsoft licensing to move forward with Hyper-V as your hypervisor. Only rebuilding you hosts with Windows Datacenter Edition or even Windows Server Core or Hyper-V server if you are looking for a smaller footprint with less maintenance and the exact same feature set.
I will reiterate what Stu said above. “If you haven’t recently spoken with me or with your primary Hyperspace and Desktop Client Systems TS, and you are deploying or considering deploying Hyperspace on Hyper-V virtual Citrix XenApp servers, please reach out to discuss your particular environment.” Like any virtual environment you need to architect it correctly.