Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC Eval

Microsoft has made the release candidate of System Center Virtual Machine Manger 2012 available for download on an evaluation basis. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 delivers industry leading fabric management, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. VMM offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud.

Some of the new features include:

  • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
  • Third Party Virtualization Platforms – Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
  • Load balancer can now support affinity to logical networks
  • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
  • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
  • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
  • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with System Center Operations Manager
  • Streamlined ability to enable OS VHD updates to a Service Template
  • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V
  • More…

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