At this this year’s IT/Dev Connections conference, I presented two sessions on virtualization management. Virtualization is the foundation of the private cloud and management. And these days, most companies have multiple hypervisor solutions in place.
Having multiple platforms is great from a functionality standpoint because it allows an organization to use the solution that provides the best fit for its virtualization needs. For example, many businesses that have spread virtualization to their departments and branch offices have implemented the cost-effective Hyper-V, regardless of their legacy virtualization solutions.
Managing these platforms can be a challenge. They each have different management tools that often require different skill sets. In my IT/Dev Connections presentations this week, I covered several technologies that you can use to manage both virtualization platforms. In my first session, Managing Hyper-V with PowerShell, I focused on how you can manage Hyper-V by using the new 160+ PowerShell cmdlets that Microsoft added to Windows Server 2012. PowerShell is the management platform that Microsoft prefers, and it can be used to manage Hyper-V as well as all the other Microsoft server platforms, including Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Windows Server. VMware also supplies its PowerCLI library, which enables vSphere management by using PowerShell.
My other session, Multiple Hypervisor Management for Hyper-V and vSphere, covered some other cross-platform virtualization-management tools that are available from Microsoft and VMware. Whereas this session presented the range of available tools, it primarily focused on Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 SP1 and VMware Multi-Hypervisor Manager 5.1. VMM has been able to manage VMware ESX server since the VMM 2008 release. VMM provides support for basic VM management function as well as for more advanced functions, such as vMotion.
Virtualization is becoming a commodity. Investing in tools and technologies to enable heterogeneous management makes a lot of sense.