Managing your datacenter can be an expensive, time-consuming and labor-intensive endeavor, but with the right tools it doesn’t have to be. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), designed to address the challenges of managing a software-defined datacenter, is one of the most effective and comprehensive tools available for managing Hyper-V. SCVMM, however, may not be the right choice for enterprises or datacenters looking for a more efficient way to implement, configure and manage their Hyper-V infrastructure.
Here are a few examples that illustrate why you should consider 5nine Manager Datacenter as a cost-effective, time-saving and easy-to-implement SCVMM alternative for Hyper-V management:
#1: Deployment, Configuration & Management: Eliminate Complexity with a Single Installation, Service and Interface
SCVMM requires administrators to use multiple screens and separate GUIs for virtual machine management, backup, security and monitoring. It also requires administrators to install several System Center agents on the managed hypervisor. This approach to VM management reduces IT productivity and increases time-to-value.
The 5nine Alternative: 5nine Manager Datacenter is a single “install and go” solution with little configuration required. Our lightweight console will run on any Windows computer from any location, even from outside of the datacenter. It even enables Hyper-V administration, management, monitoring and recovery from a single access point. For example, 5nine Manager Datacenter provides easy-to-use backup and monitoring tools from a single UI and allows you to monitor parent and guest partitions from a single console. It also provides a combination of the capabilities found within the built-in Hyper-V, Failover Clustering and SCVMM consoles, making it possible to more effectively manage the configuration of virtual and physical servers.
The Bottom Line: Microsoft’s System Center suite 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 datacenter when you can use a single, cost-effective access point?
#2: Backup, Recovery and Monitoring: Maintain High Availability and Performance While Mitigating the Risk of Downtime and Data Loss
SCVMM does not provide native backup or recovery capabilities, including Hyper-V replica support. For backup and recovery, SCVMM must be integrated with System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM). VM templates, however, can be used to save the configuration state of a virtual machine, but not the data within.
The 5nine Alternative: 5nine Manager Datacenter includes the same simple and powerful suite of backup and replication capabilities as 5nine Manager and then some, such as disaster recovery features like full, incremental and scheduled backups and role-based access controls. 5nine Manager Datacenter 2.0 introduces several new features to our industry-leading Hyper-V monitoring, alerting and replication engine such as real-time, customizable email alerts when virtualization related events occur, new tabs for managing replication settings, additional detail to help you understand and manage the replication process, 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.
#3: Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Microsoft’s standard pricing model requires customers to purchase System Center 2016 licenses or Operations Management Suite annual subscriptions to obtain SCVMM, even if that is the only component they need. Operational expenses can add up if you only use either suite for centralized virtual infrastructure management. System Center 2016, for example, can cost thousands of dollars for unlimited VMs per host while the Operations Management Suite uses a per node per month recurring model. System Center also has some compatibility limitations with outdated, but still usable, versions such as Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 hypervisors from SC 2016 VMM.
The 5nine Alternative: 5nine Manager Datacenter can be purchased as a standalone solution or in conjunction with other security and migration virtual machine solutions. The average cost of a 1-year 5nine Manager Datacenter 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 significantly reducing time spent managing your virtual infrastructure.
The Bottom Line: Microsoft’s System Center suite and Operations Manager come supplied with a large library of components and features, but common practice shows that many of these are not used on a consistent basis in the average enterprise or datacenter. Why pay for additional features that you may never use or need?
Of course, 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 System Center 2016 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.
To learn more about how 5nine Manager Datacenter can be used as cost-effective, time-saving and easy-to-implement alternative to SCVMM check out our recent webinar with Hyper-V MVP and Former Microsoft Evangelist Symon Perriman or continue to watch this space for future posts. In this webinar, Symon presented tips, tricks and best practices for overcoming SCVMM’s biggest challenges.