What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Hyper-V: Scale

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Now yesterday Microsoft released the Release Preview of Windows 8 and the Release Candidates for Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012.

Since the first introduction in September 2011 at the Build conference, Hyper-V got new features in every single release they made. In this blog post we will look at the new scalability of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Hyper-V.

System Resource Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Windows Server “8” Developer Preview Hyper-V Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Hyper-V
Host Logical Processors 64 160 160 320
Physical Memory 1 TB 2 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Virtual CPUs per Host 512 1024 1024 2048
VM Virtual CPUs per VM 4 32 32 64
Memory per VM 64 GB 512 GB 1 TB 1 TB
Maximum Virtual Disk 2 TB 16 TB 64 TB 64 TB
Active VMs per Host 384 1024 1024 1024
Cluster Maximum Nodes 16 64 64 64
Maximum VMs 1000 4000 4000 4000

 

Now let’s compare Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Hyper-V with VMware

System Resource Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Hyper-V VMware ESXi 5.0 VMware vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus
Host Logical Processors 320 160 160
Physical Memory 4 TB 32 GB 2 TB
Virtual CPUs per Host 2048 2048 2048
VM Virtual CPUs per VM 64 8 32
Memory per VM 1 TB 32 GB 1 TB
Maximum Virtual Disk 64 TB 2 TB 2 TB
Active VMs per Host 1024 512 512
Cluster Maximum Nodes 64 N/A 32
Maximum VMs 4000 N/A 3000

 

One thing you have to remember is that Hyper-V is free and comes as role in Windows Server or as a standalone product which can be downloaded and used for free.