Virtualization platforms from Microsoft and VMware do some of this basic functionality but excel at managing virtualized resources that are all under the same Microsoft or VMware platform, Humphreys says. An independent third-party cloud management platform can be helpful in managing a mixed environment that includes both VMware and Microsoft virtualized servers, along with one that would use public cloud resources. VMware has in recent months expanded support for controlling AWS and OpenStack public cloud resources from its software.
The point is that as organizations look to take the next step beyond virtualization and looking to create a private cloud, there are multiple platforms to consider. With these management tools increasingly adopting Microsoft Hyper-V support, customers have more options than ever for a comprehensive platform.
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