Following up the Windows virtualization demonstration today in Bill Gates’ keynote – we also had demonstrations of the upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager (codenamed ‘Carmine’). This is really cool. Some key features that were demonstrated today:
- Physical to virtual conversion of server workloads
- Creation of new virtual machines from a template library
- Intelligent placement of virtual machines in a server farm
- The ‘Self Service portal’
The self service portal is really cool. This is a web interface that allows users to create and manage a restricted set of virtual machines – as defined by an administrator – all over the web.