Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cool new "Fling" from vmware labs - XVP Manager for non-vSphere hypervisors

Interesting new “fling” from VMware labs...a manager for non-vSphere hypervisors. I’ll be testing this in the lab.
Note that this comes from the “lab” at VMware, which means it may never become a product, it does not indicate VMware corporate strategic directions, it’s just something the engineers came up with. Don’t read too much into it. 

The part they glossed over in the email they sent to me (text below) is the "Converter" part. XVP helps not only manage Hyper-V server, _it also provides an easy way to convert Hyper-V VMs to VMware VMs_.  This reminds me of the way Microsoft made it easy to convert from Novell Netware to Windows; make a management server, take control of the competitor data, then make it easy to convert it over. 
I haven't tested it in the lab yet, but I shall...

Dear vmjfk,
VMware Labs  presents its latest fling XVP Manager and Converter  <(here)>  - that helps manage  non-vSphere hypervisor.
VMware vCenter XVP Manager and Converter provides basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms towards enabling centralized visibility and control across heterogeneous virtual infrastructures. It also simplifies and enables easy migrations of virtual machines from non-vSphere virtualization platforms to VMware vSphere.
Key Features:

  • Management of the following Microsoft Hyper-V platforms:
      Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) with Hyper-V role enabled
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role enabled
    • Familiar vCenter Server graphical user interface for navigating through and managing non-vSphere inventory
    • Ease of virtual machine migrations from non-vSphere hosts to vSphere inventory
    • Compatible with VMware vCenter Server 4.0 & 4.1
    • Scalable up to management of 50 non-vSphere hosts

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