Windows Server Migration
Now Here`s a Switch
Many companies are making the switch to Microsofts Hyper-V virtualization platform. According to Michael Lubanski, Lead at the Microsoft Services US Private Cloud Center of Excellence, writing in TechNets Private Cloud Architecture Blog, many more would be switching if there were more guidance and proof points to justify the risk of migrating.
In his blog post, Lubanski introduces the Hyper-V Switch Program, designed to simplify the process of planning for and executing the migration with limited risk, controlled expense, and a robust understanding of the benefits and return on investment possible.
Part 1 of the blog features Lubanskis description of the three phases of the Hyper-V Switch Program and what they provide to customers:
Discovery and assessment
The Hyper-V assessment tool is deployed to collect information about the current-state VMware environment and, if there is one, the target Hyper-V environment. The deliverables from this phase include recommendations for consolidation and migration, plus suggestions for proof of concept and pilot deployment projects. If there is no existing Hyper-V environment in place, the Microsoft Consulting Services team can provide one.
Proof of concept / pilot deployment
In this stage, knowledge transfer to customer resources is accelerated and the migration engine deployed. Small VM subsets are migrated to demonstrate no loss of data and no downtime during transition.
Full consolidation and migration of VMware workloads to the Hyper-V platform
Following careful evaluation and analysis of the results from the first two phases, the entire migration and consolidation process is scoped and planned, then executed.
Lubanski positions all of this as the first step in paving the path to the Microsoft Private Cloud for customers that intend to go that route. Clearly, customers who are dissatisfied with the limitations of their existing virtualization environments will find this a very useful program, as well.
Have you tried the Hyper-V Switch Program? Let us know how it worked for you!