Strong end to end management required for Virtualization to be successful (VMworld day 2)

I am pleased that it is being acknowledged by VMware (evidenced by their keynote announcements yesterday on the vCenter additions) that for a strong virtualization platform a complete end-to-end solution is required. We agree completely!! We at Microsoft provide solutions for configuration/change management, operational/health monitoring, virtual machine management and data protection and have been doing so for a while now. Just to get some perspective I dug up the release dates for our management software (I have trimmed the list a bit for readabilityJ). From the table below its clear that our management lifecycle experience goes back many many years. It is great to see VMware finally acknowledge this and is attempting to now build a solution that spans some aspects of this end-to-end management. We welcome this.

 

Products

Date

Operations Manager 2000 Enterprise Edition

3/1/2001

Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

11/24/2004

System Center Operations Manager 2007

6/23/2007

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007

11/29/2007

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

1/29/2009

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

8/2009

System Center Data Protection Manager

10/22/2005

System Center Data Protection Manager 2006

10/22/2005

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

12/15/2007

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

12/19/2008

Systems Management Server 1.2 Standard Edition

10/23/1996

Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack 3

2/13/2001

Systems Management Server 2.0 Standard Edition

4/1/1999

Systems Management Server 2003

1/20/2004

Systems Management Server 2003 R2

8/25/2006

Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3

4/27/2007

System Center Configuration Manager 2007

11/29/2007

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

11/29/2008