Microsoft’s virtualization solutions span the desktop to the data center including the management tools required to ensure that virtualization remains an asset and doesn’t become an unwieldy burden.  On the server Microsoft has Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and also Hyper-V Server, our standalone hypervisor, recently released in September.  On the desktop Microsoft has application, desktop and presentation solutions enabling customers to choose the level of desktop virtualization.  Last, but certainly not least, is the System Center suite of management tools, which provide not only the tools for managing traditional physical IT infrastructure and apps but also virtualized environments. 

 System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (P2V) Physical to Virtual migration set-up.

Today’s announcement of the RTM of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 extends the management benefits of System Center even further by enabling not only the management of Microsoft virtualized environments, but also VMware ESX as well.  Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which is available today for evaluation, will be available for purchase as of November 1.  Through the VMM 2008 console, administrators can see the entirety of their data center infrastructure – physical or virtual. SCVMM 2008 facilitates key functions like P2V (physical to virtual) migration, Intelligent Placement (selecting the best virtual host for a VM), and managing Hyper-V host clusters, to name just a few. 

 

Customers and partners are already buzzing about VMM 2008.  Read how Indiana University is implementing Microsoft’s virtualization solutions on the Windows Virtualization Blog.  In addition, Fujitsu and Hitachi announced last week that they intend to make bundles of their hardware and VMM 2008 available in the coming months.

 

For more on today’s news, please visit the Windows Virtualization Team blog.

 

Other resources:

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

System Center Blog

VM Management Blog

 

Videos:

·         http://edge.technet.com/Media/Desktop-Virtualization-and-Configuration-Manager/

·         http://edge.technet.com/Media/Microsofts-Investments-in-Virtualization-and-Cross-Platform-Management/.