The battle for the hypervisor continues. VMware still is ahead of it’s competitors, but Microsoft and Citrix are gaining market share in the hypervisor area. From the start these vendors have had tools to convert virtual machines from VMware ESX / ESXi to one of the hypervisors by the competitors and to manage VMware ESX machines.
VMware has it’s own VMware Labs. Here flings are presented to the public for beta testing. These are applications that you can download and tested within your own environment. Flings are applications that may one day be incorporated into vSphere. Till that time flings are not supported by VMware. So use at you own risk within your environment.
VMware now also created a tool to manage third-party hypervisors and convert VMs from a third-party competitive hypervisor platform to VMware ESX / ESXi :
VMware XVP Manager and Converter
VMware vCenter XVP Manager and Converter provides basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms towards enabling centralized visibility and control across heterogeneous virtual infrastructures. It also simplifies and enables easy migrations of virtual machines from non-vSphere virtualization platforms to VMware vSphere.
Management of the following Microsoft Hyper-V platforms:
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) with Hyper-V role enabled
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role enabled
Familiar vCenter Server graphical user interface for navigating through and managing non-vSphere inventory
Ease of virtual machine migrations from non-vSphere hosts to vSphere inventory
Compatible with VMware vCenter Server 4.0 & 4.1
Scalable up to management of 50 non-vSphere hosts
You can get your own copy at http://labs.vmware.com/flings/xvp
Guest VM Operations inside Hyper-V