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Virtualization Management "Sprawl" or (rather) Management Contention?

Back from an all-too-brief vacation, and catching up with some of my favorites, I came across this piece in Virtualization.info about the VMware Ready management initiative.   Even before the spate of announcements at VMworld, it was clear that one can use various "management systems" for ESX that come from VMware itself in a manner that will have them in conflict (or at least in contention) with one another. 

We (at Replicate) think this is an issue of some importance.  We continue to follow VMware's response and that of the commercial ecosystem around VMware to see how it might be resolved... or at least addressed for the rank-and-file user of VMware's VI3 (and VI4 soon to follow).

After the VM sprawl are we ready for the virtualization management sprawl? | virtualization.info

The amount and the entity of the announcements released by VMware during its VMworld 2008 require some time to be digested and properly evaluated. In some case the details are not fully realized until the first practical implementation arrives.

It seems the case for the Ready Management Initiative.

Under this name VMware is now grouping all the efforts to open vCenter (formerly VirtualCenter) interfaces to 3rd parties for standardized, interoperable management of the virtual infrastructure.

As the slide above clarifies, this interoperability is bidirectional: this means that 3rd party management consoles can integrate into vCenter as one would hope and expect, but also that vCenter can integrate into 3rd party management consoles.  ...

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