Server virtualization has become a must-have technology for almost any organization. And while VMware vSphere still dominates the market with its mature and feature-rich platform, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Red Hat KVM have gotten much closer to feature parity with VMware. As a result, the virtualization platform wars are now being focused on the next frontier of server virtualization: the management war.
The three dominant server virtualization platform providers each have their own management solution: VMware vCenter, Microsoft System Center, and Citrix XenCenter. VMware dominates the virtualization management market, in large part because it currently owns the lion's share of the platform market. And VMware administrators are also in a bit of a love fest with vCenter, refusing to give it up. But vCenter currently only supports VMware vSphere environments, which becomes a problem if a VMware-only shop wants to become a heterogeneous virtual data center.
Once you begin using multiple virtualization platforms in the same environment, the management complexity can become a nightmare. Which leads to the management stack becoming the next battleground in the virtualization war. But the platform vendors are not alone here; third-party software management companies are also suiting up for the fight.
Just last week we took a look at a company called HotLink who introduced a new version of its SuperVisor product to provide centralized management of multiple virtualization platforms. Instead of using more than one management tool or overlays that try to glue different consoles together, HotLink makes one console do the work of all the others. This edition of SuperVisor snaps into VMware vCenter, allowing virtual administrators to manage Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat KVM virtual machines directly from within the VMware vCenter console.
Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.