Managing your data center can be an expensive, time-consuming and labor-intensive endeavor. But with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be hard.
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) was designed to address the challenges of managing a software-defined infrastructure. It is one of the most effective and comprehensive tools available for managing Hyper-V but it may not be the right choice for organizations looking for a more efficient way to implement, configure and manage their Hyper-V environment.
Here are a few examples that illustrate why you should consider 5nine Cloud Manager as a cost-effective, time-saving and easy-to-implement alternative for Hyper-V management:
#1. Service and Interface
SCVMM requires the use of multiple screens and separate GUIs for Virtual Machine management, backup, security and monitoring. It complicates the process by having administrators install and configure several System Center agents on the managed hypervisor to perform various functions. This approach to VM management reduces IT productivity and increases time-to-value.
The 5nine Alternative: As opposed to SCVMM, 5nine Cloud Manager offers a single-pane-of glass management, monitoring and security console that is easy to install and configure. Our lightweight GUI operates on any Windows computer from any location, even remote. By implementing a simple backup and monitoring functionality, admins can easily monitor parent and guest partitions, view tenants and perform failover clustering. Additionally, 5nine Cloud Manager offers a combination of the capabilities found within the built-in Hyper-V and SCVMM consoles, making it possible to effectively manage the configuration of virtual and physical servers.
The Bottom Line: Microsoft’s System Center and Operations Manager come with numerous components, each with their own unique consoles and, at times, user interfaces. Why use multiple solutions to manage your data center when you can use a single, cost-effective access point?
#2: Backup and Replication
SCVMM does not provide native backup or recovery capabilities such as Hyper-V replica. It must be integrated with System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) that deploys file and system backups to disks, Azure or tape. SCVMM allows reusing VM templates, but only for a VM's configuration state and not for the data it contains.
The 5nine Alternative: To ensure high system availability without having to purchase third-party solutions, try running 5nine Cloud Manager's full, incremental or scheduled backups right from its console. All you need to do is copy your VM to the site of your choice. The software determines what hosts are suitable for replications and maps them to similar jobs you performed in the past. It then syncs changes to speed up replication. You can also restore VMs to their previous state, even if they have been modified since the last time a backup service was performed.
5nine Cloud Manager introduces several new features to our industry-leading Hyper-V monitoring, alerting and replication engine. These features include real-time, customizable email alerts for backup jobs, explanation tabs for managing replication settings and the ability to perform replication failure testing – all from a single access point.
The Bottom Line: SCVMM’s lack of built-in backup and recovery capabilities forces administrators to manage virtual resources and machines from multiple consoles. This reduces worker productivity and increases the risk of downtime and data loss. 5nine Cloud Manager eliminates the learning curve associated with managing additional software and drastically reduces the cost of infrastructure.
#3: Role-Based Access Control
If you want to create a scenario where specific users have different level access to VMs, you will need to define roles and assign permissions to ensure that only authorized parties can make changes to the system. While VMM 2019 supports 5 types of roles to which you can assign users, in some cases, its access granularity is limited and provides too little or too much control.
The 5nine Alternative: 5nine Cloud Manager prevents costly errors by ensuring a clear separation of duties and by giving you complete control over who can access VMs, hosts and tenants. You can define access on a tenant-by-tenant basis and decide which resources can be viewed and what operations can be performed. With 5nine Cloud Manager, you can also determine the level of customization for each role and leverage user-friendly remote management capabilities without having to rely on VPNs or purchase additional remote network access solutions.
The Bottom Line: If you wish to restrict network access based on the roles of individual users within your organization, you should be able to provide them with granular options. While VMM does offer a number of user roles to manage administrative tasks, not all of its permissions can perform administrative actions that are unique to your business. 5nine Cloud Manager's tenant portal allows you to specify the level of granularity for each user role and access type, so you can rest assure that the right people have the right access to different parts of your infrastructure.
#4: Total Cost of Ownership
Microsoft’s standard pricing model requires customers to purchase System Center licenses or subscribe to Operations Management Suite to obtain SCVMM, even if that is the only component they need. System Center 2016, for example, can cost thousands of dollars for unlimited VMs per host while the Operations Management Suite uses a monthly per node subscription. Additionally, System Center comes with compatibility limitations found in outdated, but still usable, versions such as Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 hypervisors from SC 2016 VMM.
The 5nine Alternative: 5nine Cloud Manager can be purchased as a standalone solution or in conjunction with our Cloud Security and Cloud Migration products. The average cost of a 1-year 5nine Cloud Manager license (16 cores/ 2 CPUs) can be as low as $749. Our solution requires minimal components and fewer resources when compared to similar offerings, reducing hard costs by at least 50% and positively impacting time spent managing your virtual infrastructure.
The Bottom Line: Microsoft’s System Center and Operations Manager come supplied with a large library of components, but common practice shows that many of these features are not used on a consistent basis in an average enterprise or datacenter. Why pay for additional features that you may never use or need?
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of differences between 5nine Manager Datacenter and SCVMM, nor is it meant to give the impression that SCVMM is not a comprehensive and powerful suite of components that is a good fit for some use cases. The truth is, however, that not every enterprise or datacenter needs such a comprehensive suite of components or the overhead associated with them.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Maria is a strategic marketer who brings over a decade of digital marketing experience to 5nine. As a software industry insider, she brings a fresh voice and insight into content development projects at 5nine. Maria enjoys making complex topics accessible and engaging to various audiences by addressing their pain points and tailoring solutions that help IT professionals optimize and streamline their business processes.