Friday, July 16, 2010 2:47 PM
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Release Candidate
The Journey to the Private Cloud
Today customers can begin their journey to the private cloud by
deploying the Microsoft products and technologies they know and trust.
The flexible and familiar platform and tools you use today will become
the foundation for your private cloud. Going forward, Microsoft will
deliver richer private cloud capabilities for your use in subsequent
releases of Windows Server and System Center.
Evolving Your Datacenters to Derive Cloud Benefits Today
Microsoft is enabling customers to build the foundation for private
cloud infrastructure using Windows Server/Hyper-V and the System Center
family of products with the System Center Virtual Machine
Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (previously known as the
Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit). Click
here to download the release candidate.
The System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service
Portal 2.0 is a free, partner-extensible toolkit that will
enable datacenters to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage
virtualized resources to enable Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This
solution will deliver:
- Tested guidance and best practices to help configure and deploy
private cloud infrastructures.
- Automated web portals and infrastructure provisioning engine that’s
integrated with System Center.
- Guidance to help partners easily extend functionality.
Today, customers can also leverage Dynamic Datacenter Alliance (DDA)
offerings from service providers (Microsoft hosting partners) to
extend their on-premises private clouds in a secure manner. These
service providers use the Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit for Hosters
(DDTK-H), which is also built on top of Windows Server/Hyper-V and
System Center, thus enabling a consistent off- premises cloud
capability to tap into. There are more than 63 hosters that have live
DDA offerings as of today, while over 100 others have offerings in the
VMMSSP (also referred to as the
self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution
built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM.
You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer
infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private
cloud platform inside your datacenter. VMMSSP includes a pre-built
web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter
managers and the business unit IT consumers, with role-based access
control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning engine. VMMSSP
reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their
components by offering business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure
request and change management. The VMMSSP package also includes
detailed guidance on how to implement VMMSSP inside your environment.
Important: VMMSSP is not an upgrade to the existing
VMM 2008 R2 self-service portal. You can choose to deploy and use one
or both self-service portals depending on your requirements.
The self-service portal provides the following features that are
exposed through a web-based user interface:
- Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources:
Store management and configuration information related to compute,
network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
- Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a
simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine
actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage
Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
- Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a
simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business
units to enroll in the portal.
- Infrastructure request and change management:
Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing
the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
- Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation
of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based
interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based
on delegated roles.