VMware vCenter Server is the simplest, most efficient way to manage VMware vSphere - whether you have ten VMs or tens of thousands of VMs. It provides unified management of all the hosts and VMs in your datacenter from a single console with an aggregate performance monitoring of clusters, hosts and VMs. VMware vCenter Server gives administrators deep insight into the status and configuration of clusters, hosts, VMs, storage, the guest OS and other critical components of a virtual infrastructure - all from one place.
With VMware vCenter Server, virtualization environments are easier to manage: a single administrator can manage 100 or more workloads, more than doubling typical productivity in managing physical infrastructure.
VMware vCenter Server Foundation provides powerful management tools for smaller environments looking to rapidly provision, monitor, and control virtual machines.
Centralized control and deep visibility into virtual infrastructure
An improved user interface allows for easier navigation. Inventory search puts the entire vCenter inventory including virtual machines, hosts, datastores, and networks at your fingertips from anywhere within vCenter. The hardware monitoring with CIM SMASH enable alarms when hardware failures of key components such as fans, system board and power supply occur, providing an integrated view of physical and virtual server health. The storage maps and reports convey storage usage, connectivity and configuration. Customizable topology views give you visibility into storage infrastructure and assist in diagnosis and troubleshooting of storage issues.
Proactive management of VMware vSphere
Host profiles standardize and simplify how you configure and manage ESX host configurations. Capture the blueprint of a known, validated configuration including networking, storage and security settings and it to many hosts to simplify setup. Host profile policies can also monitor compliance. The vCenter Orchestrator is a powerful orchestration engine simplifies management by enabling you to automate over 800 tasks using out of the box workflows or by assembling workflows using an easy drag and drop interface. Improved patch management with a compliance dashboard, baseline groups, a shared patch repository in vCenter Update Manager, which automates scanning and patching of vSphere hosts and virtual machines.
Distributed resource optimization
Allocate processor and memory resources to virtual machines running on the same physical servers. Establish minimum, maximum, and proportional resource shares for CPU, memory, disk and network bandwidth. Modify allocations while virtual machines are running. Enable applications to dynamically acquire more resources to accommodate peak performance.
Dynamic allocation of resources
VMware DRS continuously monitors utilization across resource pools and intelligently allocates available resources among virtual machines based on pre-defined rules that reflect business needs and changing priorities. The result is a self-managing, highly optimized and efficient IT environment with built-in load balancing.
Energy efficient resource optimizationProduct Highlights
VMware distributed power management (experimental) continuously monitors resource requirements and power consumption across a DRS cluster. When the cluster needs fewer resources, it consolidates workloads and puts hosts in standby mode to reduce power consumption. When resource requirements of workloads increase, DPM brings powered-down hosts back online to ensure service levels are met.
- A scalable and extensible management platform