Manage, automate and optimize your vSphere infrastructure. VMware vCenter Server Standard provides large scale management of VMware vSphere deployments for rapid provisioning, monitoring, orchestration, and control of virtual machines. Purchased separately, it is required for managing VMware vSphere server hosts and enabling many of the features.
With VMware vCenter Server Standard, you can: scale up your virtual infrastructure to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and automation; drive down operating costs by organizing, monitoring and configuring your entire IT environment through a single interface.
VMware vCenter Server 5 Standard for vSphere includes: vCenter Orchestrator, an IT process automation engine that gives administrators the tools they need to better automate the environment, vCenter Server Linked Mode that enables a common inventory view across multiple vCenter Servers, a management server, the universal hub for provisioning, monitoring and configuring virtualized environments, a database server that stores persistent configuration data and performance information, a search engine that allows administrators to search the entire object inventory of multiple vCenter Servers from one place, the vSphere Client that provides administrators with a feature-rich console for accessing one or more vCenter Servers simultaneously, the vCenter Web Access portal that provides remote access from any system, vCenter APIs and a .NET Extension that allow integration between vCenter Server and other tools, and support customized plug-ins to the vSphere Client.
Real-time monitoring of dynamic virtual elements
vCenter Server has deep awareness of all virtual elements and related physical components, including server hardware, shared storage and networking, with event and alarm triggers that make it easier to monitor the environment, diagnose and troubleshoot issues.
Customizable alarm triggers
vCenter Server can generate automated notifications and alerts, and can trigger automated workflows to remedy and pre-empt problems.
Simplified navigation and inventory search
Use a global search function to access the entire inventory of multiple vCenter Servers, including virtual machines, hosts, datastores and networks, anywhere from within vCenter. An improved user interface allows for easier navigation.
Rapid provisioning and simplified patch management
Create new virtual machines or hosts in minutes using a wizard or template to minimize errors and downtime with configuration standards. Easily patch virtual machines and hosts using vCenter Update Manager, and standardize and validate host configuration using the host profiles feature.
Dynamic resource allocation to ensure SLAs
vCenter Server continuously monitors utilization across resource pools with VMware DRS, which intelligently migrates virtual machines across hosts without causing downtime or affecting service-level agreements (SLAs). The result is a self-managing, highly optimized and efficient IT environment with built-in load balancing.
vCenter Server includes vCenter Orchestrator, a powerful orchestration engine that simplifies management by enabling administrators to automate over 800 tasks using out-of-the-box workflows or by assembling workflows using an easy drag-and-drop interface.
vCenter server availability
A service management console displays the health of the vCenter components, allowing administrators to quickly identify and correct problems in the management infrastructure. VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat, provides additional availability with deep awareness of all vCenter Server components, failing over the management server and database over the LAN or WAN to a standby server.
The vCenter APIs and a .NET Extension allow integration between vCenter Server and other tools, and support customized plug-ins to the vSphere Client, protecting your investments and giving you freedom of choice in how you manage your environment.