System Center Virtual Machine Manager: 5 Challenges

It’s a safe bet that your organization began using virtualization to reduce resource and maintenance costs. Of course, reduction of downtime, and simplification of administration and system maintenance, are also highly popular reasons to adopt this type of infrastructure as well.

But if you’re using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), there’s a good chance you’re not seeing these benefits come to fruition. In fact, you may be hard-pressed to remember why your organization adopted a virtualization strategy in the first place.

Virtualization management—which involves administering the operations and processes of your virtualized environment—plays a critical role in optimizing the performance, availability and efficiency of your virtual machines. If the management tool you’re using limits your ability to oversee your infrastructure and bogs you down with complex manual administrative tasks, that tool is compromising your ability to reap the benefits of your virtual environment—and may even be making things harder.

Is SCVMM helping or hurting your virtualization efforts? If you can identify with the five challenges identified in this whitepaper, it’s time to make a change.

Even though SCVMM is considered one of the leading Hyper-V management platforms, it has a number of challenges that may be stopping you from getting the most out of virtualization. One of those challenges is:

SCVMM forces you to use multiple tools to perform basic administrative functions.  

Consider how many times you’ve had to access an additional tool to perform certain functions that are essential for virtual machine management, backup, security and monitoring (like System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) for monitoring or System Center Data Protection Manager for backups). It’s not unusual for administrators to spend a good amount of time moving between various consoles, simply because SCVMM’s basic management capabilities aren’t robust enough. All this extra time adds operational overhead and decreases your productivity.

To do virtualization management better...

The management tool you choose should make things simple. An all-in-one, unified management solution is ideal because it lets you complete all types of routine management tasks without having to download additional tools or switch between consoles. Imagine how much easier your job would be if, within a single console, you could:

  • Administer your virtual resources, including user control and tenant access.
  • Manage your virtual resources, including the ability to centrally configure, manage and migrate VMs across your entire infrastructure.
  • Monitor your virtual resources and receive alerts on VM performance.
  • Recover your virtual resources by performing backups and replications.

Wondering if that’s not enough reason to justify reevaluating the way you do virtualization management?

Download this whitepaper to see if you’re experiencing any of the other four signs that SCVMM might not be the right solution for you.

If you can identify with a few or all of the challenges outlined in this whitepaper, it’s time to make a change. This whitepaper also identifies the advanced management capabilities you should look for in a virtual management tool when you’re ready to switch. Download the white paper today and see how simple virtualization management can be!


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