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Microsoft Virtualization Tool Done

Microsoft yesterday shipped a new management tool for virtual machines, especially those spawned by Microsoft's own Hyper-V. So what's the snappy new name for this snazzy new tool? System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (while the product is virtual, the name is really, really long).

This rev of System Center has a familiar MO: It can manage both physical and virtual servers, something virtually every systems management vendor has told me in the last six months. The Microsoft tool can also oversee ESX VMs.

VMware should take heed. I believe the company must adopt all its tools to work across all major hypervisors -- and not just its own. If not, VMware could ultimately become a marginal player. If it goes multiplatform, the sky is still very much the only limit.

Does VMware need to support Hyper-V and Xen to survive? Business advice welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on October 22, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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