The VMware vCenter Server is centralized virtualization management solution. Advanced capabilities provide the greatest visibility, proactive management and scalability for the virtual environment. vCenter Server is a foundation you can easily extend for end-to-end integration with the physical environment and upon which you can build a private cloud infrastructure.
- vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA): Quickly you can deploy vCenter Server and manage vSphere using a Linux-based virtual appliance.
Centralized Controlling of Virtual Infrastructure:
- vSphere Web Client: it enables you to manage the essential functions of vSphere from any browser.
- Inventory search: Provides the entire vCenter inventory including virtual machines, hosts, datastores, and networks at your fingertips from anywhere within vCenter.
- Hardware monitoring: with help of CIM SMASH enables alarms when hardware failures of key components such as fans, system board and power supplies occur, providing an integrated view of physical and virtual server health.
- Storage maps and reports: convey storage usage, connectivity and configuration. Customizable topology views give you visibility into storage infrastructure and assist in diagnosis and troubleshooting.
- Improved alerts and notifications support new entities, metrics and events such as datastore- and VM-specific alarms.
- Improved performance graphs: monitor virtual machines, resource pools and server utilization and availability with more detailed statistics and graphs that can be viewed in real time.
Management of VMware vSphere:
- Improved patch management: with a compliance dashboard, baseline groups, a shared patch repository in vSphere Update Manager, which automates scanning and patching of vSphere hosts.
- New version of vCenter Server Heartbeat: it extends availability for vCenter Server, failing over the management server and database over the LAN or WAN to a standby server. vCenter Server Heartbeat has deep awareness of all vCenter Server components and is simple to configure and deploy.
- Improved large-scale management: it is possible with vCenter Server to handle the largest IT environments. vCenter Server is a 64-bit Windows application, providing substantial scalability improvements. A single instance of vCenter Server manages up to 1,000 hosts and 10,000 running virtual machines, and with the help of Linked Mode you can manage up to 30,000 virtual machines across 10 vCenter Server instances. VMware HA and DRS clusters can support up to 32 hosts and 3,000 VMs.
- Linked Mode: it provides a scalable architecture and visibility across multiple vCenter Server instances, with roles, permissions and licenses replicated across the infrastructure so you can simultaneously log in, view and search the inventories of all vCenter Servers.
- High Availability: virtual machines with vSphere HA. Provides a failover solution.
- Access control: Secure the environment with configurable, tiered group definitions and fine-grained permissions.
- Integration with Microsoft® Active Directory: Base access controls on existing Microsoft® Active Directory authentication mechanisms.
- Custom roles and permissions: Enhance security and flexibility with user-defined roles. VMware vCenter Server users with appropriate privileges can create custom roles such as night shift operator or backup administrator. Restrict access to the entire inventory of virtual machines, resource pools and servers by assigning users to these custom roles.
- Session management: You can terminate Unnecessary VMware vCenter Server user sessions.
- Patch Management: Enforce compliance to patch standards through automated scanning and patching of online VMware ESXi hosts and select Microsoft and Linux virtual machines with VMware vSphere Update Manager. Reduce security exposure in the environment through secure patching of offline virtual machines and reduce downtime through automatic snapshots prior to patching and rollback. Integration of VMware vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS enables zero downtime VMware ESXi host patching.