vCENTER RELEASES MULTI-HYPERVISOR MANAGER 1.0

vQuicky – For the impatient like me..

>Vmware introduces multi-hypervisor support in vCenter

> This allows one to manage multiple hypervisors using vCenter

> Currently only Hyper-V 2008/2008 R2 is supported with hope of support in the future for KVM, Citrix XEN server and even OpenStack.

> The manager allows you to add, remove connect, disconnect and view host configuration.

> You can even provision new virtual machines on the hosts and edit the vm settings.

> It is fully supported and available for download – link below.

inDepth – 

Vmware on 19th of this month, released the vCenter Multi-hypervisor manager. As you can guess – with this one can use vCenter to manage multiple hypervisors from other vendors such as HyperV, KVM, Citrix XEN server and who knows may be even Openstack.

Currently it only supports HyperV but this is a 1.0 version and is a start in that direction. It only supports Hyper-V severs 2008 and Hyper-V servers 2008 R2. So I haven’t been able to download and try it. But if you want to just click here and scroll all the way down and download the server and the client.

From the release notes I picked up some of the features that it will be capable of.

>Management of non-esxi hosts with the ability to provision vms.

> Edit vm settings and also install guest OS’es on the vms.

> It can also integrate vcenter’s authorization mechanism across ESXi and non-ESXi hosts.

For now this seems pretty basic of what vmware can do and I am sure Openstack folks will not find it cool considering Openstack can manage other hypervisors. However this is a great start for vmware. This will allow any firm to mix multiple hypervisors and be able to offer customers the same level of service while having a single pane of glass management layer.

Also note that this is not available via the web client and is supported online the the vcenter client 5.1

Below is what the release notes says about its features –

  • Third-party host management including add, remove, connect, disconnect and view the host configuration.
  • Ability to provision virtual machines on third-party hosts.
  • Ability to edit virtual machine settings.
  • Integrated vCenter Server authorization mechanism across ESX and third-party hosts inventories for privileges, roles, and users.
  • Automatic discovery of pre-existing third-party virtual machines
  • Ability to perform power operations with hosts and virtual machines.
  • Ability to connect and disconnect DVD, CD-ROM, and floppy drives and images to install operating systems.

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