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Private cloud implementations give you flexibility and security, but how can you ensure those essential business apps and data are backed up in case of emergency? System Center 2012′s Data Protection Manager feature is the easy solution.
The replication capabilities built into Hyper-V Replica, one of the key virtualisation features available to Windows Server 2012, will change the way you think about disaster recovery. With Hyper-V Replica, you can easily move VMs from one machine to another.
One of the handier features of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 is the ability to easily replicate virtual machines. Ben Armstrong’s virtualisation blog walks through the command line steps needed to do this if you’re not a GUI fan. [Ben Armstrong's Virtualization Guide]
A newly-released management pack for Hyper-V makes it easier to monitor performance of virtual instances of Windows Server 2012 running through Microsoft’s hypervisor. The free update incorporates support for new features added in the recent System Center 2012 SP1 release. [[System Center: Operations Manager Engineering Blog]
It seems obvious that virtualisation should offer the potential to save on licensing costs, but how does that actually work out in practice? The example of ING Bank provides some answers, and also demonstrates how private cloud deployments, virtualisation and improved disaster recovery often operate hand in hand.