In VMware and the Ionix Assets – A Deeper Look, we took a fairly in depth look at the four products that VMware bought from EMC, and posited that VMware was now well on its way to fulfilling its promised intentions of becoming a vendor of a management stack for virtualization.
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Every vendor of a virtualization platform (VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat) also offers at least one and in some cases a suite of virtualization management tools. VMware and Red Hat only support their own platforms in their tools. Microsoft offers limited support for VMWare in System Center Virtual Machine Manager, primarily with the intent of making it easy to migrate a VMware VM from the VMware platform to the Microsoft Hyper-V platfrom. Citrix supports both its own Xen platform and the Microsoft Hyper-V platform in its Essentials product.
VMware, Microsoft and Citrix all include management tools with their offerings. Every enterprise customer of VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization platforms typically uses the default management tools provided by the virtualization platform vendor. However, there are strong reasons to look beyond these tools, and consider offerings from vendors like DynamicOps, Embotics, Fastscale, Fortisphere, Hyper9, ManageIQ, Platform Computing, Reflex Systems, Tripware, Surgient, Veeam, and VizionCore.
On June 22 2009, Dynamic Ops announced VRM 3.2 the latest release in its cross-platform enterprise scale virtualization management offering. VRM has always provided a high level of self-service allowing constituents other than the VMware vCenter adminustratir to create their own guests per policies set in place by IT.
I was in this industry when the IBM PC was launched in the early 1980’s. As soon as the first model was replaced with one that had a 5 MB (imagine that) hard disk, and the first personal productivity applications came out (WordPerfect, VisiCalc, and Harvard Graphics) the IBM PC morphed from a toy to a serious tool that users and businesses could use to enhance their productivity through computing without having to plead for resources and support from what was then a mainframe and mini-computer dominated data center.