VMware, Microsoft Give Virtual Machines a Tuneup
VMware and Microsoft push data center flexibility.VMware Inc. and Microsoft Corp., by years end, will provide IT administrators with options for using virtual machines to increase the flexibility of data centers and consolidating servers. VMwares VirtualCenter, which will be unveiled this week, is a renamed and upgraded version of its Control Center software that officials said will decrease the time needed to provision servers, reduce downtime and give users a view of all virtual resources running in a data center.
With the VirtualCenter management software, a data center manager can create a standardized hardware image in software that operating systems and applications can run on. The resulting uniform virtual hardware platform enables software to be deployed on a piece of hardware or moved from one piece to another without reconfiguring or rebooting the software, all through a single management console. Templates can be created to more easily provision servers, said officials at VMware, in Palo Alto, Calif.