Brad Anderson, General Manager, leading product development and engineering for Microsoft's Management and Solutions Division, recently announced on his blog that Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 (Carmine) would be available H1 of 2008. In addition to managing Virtual Server R2, the upcoming product will also manage Viridian hosts.
For Windows Server 2008, new management packs/agents for MOM 2005 and SC Operations Manager 2007 will be available in H1. Along those lines, we’ll also have a release of System Center Configuration Manager (formerly SMS) and a second release of Virtual Machine Manager to manage virtualized workloads enabled with Windows Server Virtualization. With the release of VMM, System Center can manage the physical and virtual assets. We developed this technology as, increasingly, customers told us they want a single, unified solution for managing both. I’ve met plenty of customers with physical servers in the datacenter operating at only 15% CPU capacity. SC Virtual Machine Manager assesses and then consolidates suitable server workloads onto virtual machine host infrastructure; this frees up physical resources for repurposing or hardware retirement.
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