Friday, March 25, 2011

It`s all about the cloud

It`s all about the cloud

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta is now available.
We already know that Microsoft`s definition of a private cloud is a composition of Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. And Virtual Machine Manager 2012 is all about the cloud.

New terms in VMM 2012 (Fabric, Cloud)

What`s going on in the Fabric?

Fabric is infrastructure.
It`s at the fabric-level you configure the resources for your clouds.
By adding the various hypervisors (XenServer, VMware, and Hyper-V), configure networking (for example, logical networks, IP address pools, and load balancers) to be used to deploy virtual machines and services , storage (for example, storage classifications, logical units, and storage pools) to be used by Hyper-V hosts and host clusters, and much more.

So what is the meaning of the term ‘Cloud’ in Virtual Machine Manager 2012?

A private cloud is subset of hosts, networking, storage, and library resources together. In other words, a way to segment the datacenter. You can create multiple clouds, based on location, services, and so on. Quite interesting – and fun to finally be able to work with a real ‘cloud’ on-premise as well, and not just the Azure platform.

VMM 2012 is still quite new, and I need to do some extensively testing in the next couple of days.

What will be covered in ‘Virtualization and some coffee’?

As much as possible. VMM 2012 is the ideal tool for the IT-generalist that covers the most of the ecosystem. But I would leave certain things to the experts.

If you`re interested in the Citrix-integration in VMM 2012, I recommend Brian Ehlert`s blog –  - (and yes, he works at Citrix)

Until next time,

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