Interesting things i’ve found this week and of course my comments.
- Mike Laverick, discusses The nuances of managing VMware virtual machines with Microsoft SCVMM . This is an interesting idea for IT shops that need to manage more than one hypervisor technology and you’d like to have a single management tool. The problem with these sorts of approaches is that you often find the multipurpose management tools seem to trail in feature/functionality parity. In this case, you can have support for vsphere4 but you only have feature parity with VI3. Personally, i’m more interested in what libvirt can provide – it already covers quite a range of virtualisation technology, but it too suffers from trailing feature sets but at least you can scratch your itch and get it to do what you want if you’re prepared to put in some coding effort. As Mike mentions, one vendor supporting another vendors products is likely to be suboptimal and that certainly appears to be the case here. With libvirt, one of the primary goals “is to provide a single way to manage multiple different virtualization providers/hypervisors. For example, the command ‘virsh list –all’ can be used to list the existing virtual machines for any supported hypervisor (KVM, Xen, VMWare ESX, etc.) No need to learn the hypervisor specific tools!” so if you need multi hypervisor support, libvirt is well worth a look.