I'm so pleased that this is finally released, as, for me, it was the final piece of the puzzle that was needed to really drive adoption of Microsoft's Hyper-V platform.
"Microsoft has announced the formal name and beta availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, a member of the System Center suite of server management products. The announcements came April 29 at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, which showcased the beta of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM), managing both Hyper-V and VMware virtual infrastructure. Additional functionality new to this version of VMM includes Performance and Resource Optimization (Pro), which dynamically tunes virtual infrastructure, simplified virtual host cluster support, and other improvements and enhancements"
I've been playing with this for a little while now, and it's awesome. The Self-Service Portal is a big improvement, and the management of VirtualCenter is also very impressive for those organisations who want that single pane of glass for managing their entire infrastructure.
So, what's new in VMM 2008? Well, this document details the changes in VMM 2008.
Key points I'll pull out include:
The key for me, and this is absolutely brilliant, is PRO:
One word. Awesome.
Other resources to read:
Get hold of VMM 2008 here:
You should see it listed in the directory.