With System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft adds support for VMware ESX Infrastructure virtualization technology. The move by Microsoft with its Hyper-V virtualization technology is a break from its past, where Microsoft usually let third parties manage non-Microsoft software. Now Microsoft can manage VMware virtualization technology.
Microsoft breaks new ground by adding support for VMware ESX
Infrastructure to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. This is a
nearly unprecedented step for Microsoft and Hyper-V, and warrants
immediate IT manager evaluation for both tactical and strategic
implementation in enterprise data centers.
For an eWEEK Labs walk-through of SC VMM 2008, click here.
I've covered system and management tools for more than a decade, and
in that time Microsoft has almost universally relinquished management
of non-Microsoft software to third parties. Now, using APIs provided by
Microsoft has demonstrated that it can take cross-platform management
tasks and succeed. In my tests of SC VMM 2008, it was clear that
Microsoft has turned over a new leaf and that IT data center managers
will be the beneficiaries.
Also new in SC VMM 2008
released Nov. 1, are support for virtual machines running on Windows
Server 2008; performance and resource management tools that also work
with Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (n??Â«e MOM); and modest
improvements when components including hardware, operating systems and
Read more here about the need for cross-platform tools to combat virtualization sprawl.
The SC VMM 2008 enterprise license is $869 and includes Virtual
Machine Manager management server software and the Enterprise
Management License. A midmarket version of the product that is limited
to managing five physical host servers (called the VMM 2008 Workgroup
Edition) costs $505.
There are a burgeoning number of cross-platform management tools
that compete with SC VMM 2008. Of the established system management
players, BMC Software with Performance Management and IBM/Tivoli with
Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Servers are the furthest along the
cross-platform path. ManageIQ's Enterprise Virtualization Management
Suite is agentless (as is SC VMM 2008) and uses Web 2.0 features to
keep IT managers up-to-date on the virtual infrastructure.
SC VMM 2008 provides plenty of functionality through monitoring
groups of host systems, a virtual machine management interface, a
library for centrally stored resources from which to create new virtual
machines and a convenient job monitoring console. This is an impressive
continuation of Microsoft's effort to do management right that the
company started with the previous version of SC VMM.