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In the virtualized x86-based data center, even where only a few physical servers reside, IT staff will often find itself dealing a mixture of different hypervisors, virtual systems, and physical resources. Since smaller enterprises generally do not install “enterprise class” management tools such as HP OpenView, CA UniCenter, or IBM Tivoli, the reliance on vendor specific tools becomes critical. This note examines:

  • Why it is increasingly important for IT staff to decide which tools can best monitor and manage diverse data center environments.
  • Microsoft's introduction of the beta version of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and its significance.
  • Why other management vendors must follow suit or be left behind.

Small enterprises with current or future virtualization plans will find that management tools will become a key differentiator.

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