Last week Microsoft ran a series of webcasts for the press, focusing on their virtualisation and cloud services (and the tools and technologies around them). Calling them "Cloud Week", the company talked about Azure, App Fabric, Hyper-V and the like, looking at both private and public clouds. One of the most interesting of the sessions was on private clouds, looking at the next release of its System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Virtual Machine Manager 2012, currently available as a part of a closed CTP.
During the session Microsoft demonstrated using the CTP version of VMM 2012, noting that it would be released in the second half of the year, with a public beta before launch.
Earlier versions of VMM were able to manage individual servers, with tools for basic group management. As VMM 2012 adds support for a new hybrid virtualisation model where systems can be deployed from libraries of both server and application images, mixing Hyper-V and App-V tec, it now lets you manage distinct private clouds of servers -- treating them as groups of services running on virtual machines, with compute and storage resources that can be deployed dynamically. This separation of service from virtual machine is really quite important, as it underpins the shift from straightforward virtualisation to the implementation of private clouds.
SCVMM 2012 is clearly focused on working with private clouds. That's an important shift on Microsoft's part as it means the company is now seeing Hyper-V as its business infrastructure foundation, something that'll significantly change Microsoft's relationship with server manufacturers. If you're planning in moving a Microsoft infrastructure to a private cloud, this looks to be the tool for you. Its template-based approach to service delivery should simplify image management and deployment, separating infrastructure and application in a very distinct manner. It's a platform that also seems designed to encourage discipline in developer/operations relationships -- something dear to the hearts of CIOs the world over.
Here're some screeshots:
More pictures here.
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