I have been running the Windows Server 8 Beta Data Center edition for a while and I am excited to download the Release Candidate and give it a go. I was like a kid in a candy store with the Windows 8 features, especially with its enhancements to Hyper-V. I listed the features that excited me in my previous blog post here. I liked everything about the Hyper-V enhancements in Windows Server 8 (2012), including the Hyper-V architecture poster. πŸ™‚ So I picked one feature that I thought really gave Hyper-V 3.0 the recognition it deserves – Replication. The reasons I liked it:

  • Incredibly simple to setup and configure.
  • The replication process is divided into an initial data transfer and the ongoing replication. The initial transfer of data can be done using external media thereby significantly saving time and bandwidth.
  • The replication process can leverage Kerberos based authentication or a Certificate-based authentication. The replication process allows secure transfer of data with minimal port configurations required on the firewall.
  • The replication process frequency can be controlled by the user.
  • Hyper-V replication addresses a major concern of using replication products, where corruption is replicated to the target. With Hyper-V replication, the user can choose the number of recovery points one desires on the target, thereby allowing a user to rollback to a recovery point prior to the corruption.

Hyper-V replication is one example of the feature rich Hyper-V 3.0 release. And the best part of it: it is integrated with the Operating System and is effectively free. That is what makes it so compelling. A free product that adds value by being feature rich and at the same time screams simplicity.
Unitrends is releasing Unitrends Enterprise Backup this month, with a very compelling Free Edition. It is not a trial version nor is it a crippled version of the Enterprise Edition. It is software with compelling features, designed to protect the virtual environment. And the Free Edition has no time limitations. It is a perpetual license. Whether you have a VMware environment, configured with stand-alone ESX server or multiple ESX servers under a vCenter with DRS and high availability leveraging vMotion, the Free edition protects it. Whether you have a stand-alone Hyper-V server or a setup with Clustered Shared Volumes, the free edition can protect it. With features like incremental forever, dynamic synthetic backups, flexible recovery strategies encompassing Instant Recovery as well as File Level Recovery, flexible backup scheduling strategies, disaster recovery using rotational archiving – all managed with super easy user interface.


I am sure all you virtualization aficionados are going to want to get your hands on this! πŸ™‚