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VMM Release Candidate Out

Life is good these days if you're doing Microsoft-based virtualization. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) R2 is at the Release Candidate (RC) stage.

With the upgrades in Hyper-V R2 for greater scalability, it makes sense that the management piece be able to handle all that. Some of the things admins will be looking forward to most include support for Live Migration and Cluster Shared Volumes.

But VMM R2 goes beyond supporting new Hyper-V R2 functionality to adding additional capabilities, including Quick Storage Migration and support for third-party clustered file system solutions, like Sanbolic's MelioFS.

Now, is VMM the management equivalent to vCenter? No. Will it be good enough for many shops, especially those with a Microsoft virtualization focus? You bet.

One thing that's clear is that the virtualization management space just got a lot more interesting. I'm interested in your take on this. Will you be downloading the VMM R2 RC? If you've been using it in beta, and also use vCenter, I'd love to hear from you.

Posted by Keith Ward on 06/09/2009 at 12:48 PM


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