I have a dream that one day we will be able to manage cross virtualization platforms/cloud types/datacenters through a single pane of glass.
I recently blogged about System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager UR6 details. One of the features shipped with UR6 was the ability to manage Microsoft Azure VMs from same VMM console. That`s really great if we are talking about a real hybrid cloud solution. I will not start to compare hypervisors or cloud vendors here. I believe diversity makes us better, stronger. No matter which Hypervisor or Cloud solution you have, upper management requires an ROI and you need to leverage your investment. I do not have luxury to tell you “Hyper-V is better, at least we have same feature set with VMware, let`s drop all your infrastructure and build from scratch with Hyper-V” ….No way..
But even you have some investment on VMWare, you may have some workloads on Microsoft Azure as well. Virtual Machines, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Backup or on-premise Hyper-V VMs for test&development purposes.
People are usually maintaining their current investment in its main hypervisor platform and then starting to onboard additional hypervisors for different purposes (cost, DR flexibility, Public cloud integration etc)
See also below blog post from Chris Wolf:
In this poll, %29 indicated that they are planning to have multi-Hypervisor for production server applications that require DR.
Poll also shows that primary driver for choosing single Hypervisor is DR simplicity. I strongly agree with that. Today we are just talking about management side of having multi-hypervisors. But another challenge is to store applications across different Hypervisors that requires Disaster Recovery.
At MSIgnite2015, VMM team announced additional features come with UR6. For me, one of the most exciting was initial management of VMWare 5.5. Below some management operations that you can achieve with UR6:
- Add VCenter and ESX Hosts
- Create VMWare VM Template with basic networking
- Create VMs from templates
- Perform VM lifecycle operations on VM
- Start, stop, shutdown, repair, refresh, checkpoint
- Connect to VM using console
- Delete VMs
- Create Resource Pool and bring under management.
I know these are really initial capabilities when you compare with VMware. There are still vast majority of features need to be added.
But if you see the big picture and read following blogs, you also may dream about to have a unified single management solution across different clouds, datacenters, hypervisors.
Hitachi LPAR – Intel Nested Virtualization Support:
Hyper-V Nested Virtualization Support Announced:
VMM UR6 Azure VM Management:
Who knows, If you are good enough you can see “The Smurfs” as well.