For some arcane reason it didn’t merit a press release, but yesterday Microsoft released System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manufacturing. Microsoft’s Chris Stirrat has full details on the Windows Virtualization Team Blog, but the elevator pitch is that SCVMM (or VMM) is a tool for large enterprises to manage their virtual machines with the same ease as today’s management tools allow them to manage physical server machines.
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It’s good news for Microsoft that some of their virtualization efforts are delivering on time, since they are playing a tough catch up game with VMWare. Microsoft pricing certainly undercuts VMWare’s management offerings as this Computerworld article by Eric Lai details, but I’m less certain of the advantage to Microsoft than the analysts quoted. If you run an all Microsoft shop, then certainly Microsoft has a leg up, but a heterogeneous installation is likely to be using management tools from IBM’s Tivoli or other vendors and VMWare’s offering is designed to be integrated with them.