Why We Love Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (And You Should, Too!)

April 29, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , ,

The newest release of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 (SCVMM) includes a product that has considerably evolved. It’s no longer just an advanced Hyper-V console. SCVMM is now a hub for all of the key elements of a cloud computing infrastructure. Read my blog to learn more about why we love SCVMM 2012 R2 and you should too!

SCVMM 2012 R2 is a powerful virtual machine management and service deployment tool that provides support for multi-hypervisor environments, which can help IT deliver a flexible and cost-effective private cloud environment for tenant groups. There are even modules for chargeback reporting, enabling SCVMM 2012 R2 to serve as a central library for organizing machine templates, application profiles and storage tiers. SCVMM 2012 R2 can manage three major hypervisors – Microsoft Hyper-V, VMWare ESX and Citrix XenServer – which are useful for migration scenarios or large heterogeneous datacenters. Templates can be deployed for Linux VMs, including: RHEL, SUSE, CentOS and Ubuntu. The product also has the ability to let departmental groups, tenants or application managers handle their own VMs – albeit within a policy-based set of constraints and controls, by extending SCVMM 2012 R2 with the Microsoft System Center App Controller web portal.

Cross-platform (XPLAT) standards are implemented across all Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 products via methodologies such as Datacenter Abstraction Layer (DAL) and Open Management Infrastructure (OMI). In SCVMM 2012 R2, full integration is provided for SAN devices supporting the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). When using SMS-I compliant storage, SCVMM 2012 R2 can be used to rapidly provision VMs, for example, to a SMB 3.0 file cluster which can perform Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX).

You might be wondering, how SCVMM 2012 R2 integrates with all of the other products in the Microsoft System Center 2012 suite. SCVMM 2012 R2 can share Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to centralize patch management and maintenance schedules. SCVMM 2012 R2 also integrates with System Center Operations Manager to generate PRO tips for host load balancing and dynamic memory management across the virtualization stack. And SCVMM 2012 R2 can even utilize Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to provide greater insight into VM utilization details.

Network layer abstraction is a newer concept which is going to change how we design public and private clouds connectivity. SWC can help you stay on top of this trend, by integrating SCVMM 2012 R2, which provides all of the tools needed to architect it. By using plug-ins for virtual networking devices, such as the Cisco Nexus 1000V, you can facilitate greater degrees of management for virtual infrastructure than ever before. SCVMM 2012 R2 combined with the networking expertise of SWC’s Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) provides a winning combination for the creation and management of a cloud computing infrastructure.

If you’d like to learn more about Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, please join us for our next informative Microsoft System Center event.

Additional Microsoft System Center Posts

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