Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage
In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.
Virtual machine management is beginning to catch up with the rapid generation of virtual machines. When Microsoft announced it would offer its Hyper-V hypervisor as a standalone product, hardly anyone noticed that it also upgraded its System Center tools to manage virtual machines.
At the same time, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding the list of tools with which virtual machines may be managed.
After months of describing virtualization as a feature of the operating system, Microsoft relented Nov. 12 and decided its Hyper-V hypervisor, formerly Viridian, would be available as a standalone product. Lost in the shuffle was the upgrade to System Center management tools, which now include System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 to provision new virtual machines, centrally monitor and manage running virtual machines, ensure virtual machine security, and update virtual machines.
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