While virtualization can offer a wide range of IT benefits, running multiple applications on each physical server can place availability at risk. If a physical server fails, all the virtualized applications running on that server could become unavailable. Even temporary downtime can impair worker productivity and jeopardize revenue.
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ introduced new capabilities designed to deliver high availability for virtualized environments. To capitalize on these high-availability capabilities, you must design an infrastructure that includes not only clustered servers but also a robust, reliable shared-storage solution with built-in redundancy and tight integration of virtualization management capabilities.
Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series storage area network (SAN) arrays offer a solid, shared-storage foundation for a virtualized data center that can help you take full advantage of the high-availability features included with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.