Hyper-V has quietly moved into the hypervisor marketplace. I think the reason for the lack of pomp and circumstance around Hyper-V is that it doesn’t introduce some grand new sexy feature set that no one else in the market place has ever seen. Instead Microsoft gives every IT Pro and CIO what they really want, a free product that just works!
How is Hyper-V Free?
Windows Server 2012 R2 comes in a couple of different flavors, specifically Standard and Data Center Editions. There is NO functional difference between the editions! They both do the same things. The operating system, roles and features are exactly the same in each edition. They have the same feature sets, capabilities, options, everything. The only difference between the editions are the virtualization rights included with the edition purchased. The Standard edition gives the rights for 2 virtual machines included with the cost of the license while the Data Center edition includes unlimited virtualization rights. Unlike past versions of the Windows Server Operating system there is no such thing as Windows Server 2012 R2 that does not include Hyper-V.