System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 provides a management solution for the virtualized data center that helps enable centralized management of IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtualization platforms.
Support for VMs Running on Windows Server 2008
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 fully utilizes the foundational features and services of Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server. This includes Hyper-V’s 64-bit architecture, attack hardened security model, fail-over cluster support, and others. VMM 2008 supports all Hyper-V functionality while providing VMM-specific functions, such as the Intelligent Placement, the Self-Service Portal, and the integrated Library.
Multi-Vendor Virtualization Platform Support
With its support for virtual machines running on Microsoft Virtual Server and VMware ESX infrastructure, VMM 2008 integrates multi-hypervisor management into one tool. VMM 2008 provides comprehensive support for VMware VI3 through integration with VMware’s Virtual Center.
Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO)
PRO is a new feature of VMM that can dynamically respond to failure scenarios or poorly configured components that are identified in hardware, operating systems, or applications. PRO’s capabilities are also available to VMware ESX or Virtual Server hosts, thus allowing administrators to manage their entire virtualized environment regardless of the virtualization platform they are using.
Host Cluster Support for “High Availability” Virtual Machines
With greatly expanded support for failover clusters, VMM 2008 improves its “high availability” capabilities for managing mission-critical virtual machines. VMM 2008 is now fully cluster-aware, meaning it can detect and manage Hyper-V host clusters as a single unit. New user-friendly features, such as automatic detection of added or removed virtual hosts and designating high-availability virtual machine with one click, facilitate the administrator’s work.
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