Hyper-V Pricing


Hyper-V Overview:

Hyper-V is a native hypervisor for x86-64 systems, enabling platform virtualization. It is a Microsoft product that comes in two forms. One form is Hyper-V as a standalone product, known as Hyper-V Server (Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is the latest version). The other form is as a role to be installed in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or the x64 version of Window 8 Pro. No matter what form it takes, Hyper-V gives you the services and tools required to create a virtualized server environment.

Hyper-V creates a cost-effective, stable and productive server virtualization environment by running multiple operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and more, in parallel on one server.

Some of the business benefits of installing Hyper-V include:

  • Create a private cloud environment or expand an existing one.
  • Optimize hardware utilization and minimize resource consumption by consolidating servers in the form of virtual machines on one physical host.
  • Improvement of business continuity.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure creation or expansion.
  • Greater efficiency for test and development activities.

Major Hyper-V Customers:

Hyper-V has a large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.

Hyper-V Pricing & Products:

As a standalone, Hyper-V Server is free. When it acts as an installable role, the latest Hyper-V pricing is included in the pricing model of Windows Server 2012 R2.

These are the pricing and licensing options for the Windows Server 2012 R2 editions that support Hyper-V. Note that this pricing isn’t precise, and is the Open No Level (NL) recommended price. Specific pricing is available from all registered Microsoft resellers.

Edition Description Recommended Price
Datacenter This option is best suited to hybrid and private cloud environments that are highly virtualized.
$6,155
Standard Best for non-virtualized or low density environments. $882

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By Hadas Bergman

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