What's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 ?

System Center Virtual Machine Manager  2012 delivers the following infrastructure management capabilities:

Provision your Physical and Virtual Infrastructure

  • Support deployment and configuration of virtual servers and Hyper-V with Virtual Machine Manager.

  • Manage VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer using one interface.

  • Automatically deploy Hyper-V to bare metal servers and create Hyper-V clusters.

  • Provision everything from operating systems to physical servers, patches, and endpoint protection with Configuration Manager.

Provision Private Clouds

  • Use "create cloud" functionality in Virtual Machine Manager to aggregate virtual resources running on Hyper-V, vSphere, and XenServer into a unified private cloud fabric.

  • Customize and assign private cloud resources to suit your organization’s needs.

  • Deliver self-service capability for application owners to request and automate provisioning of new private cloud resources.

Operate Your Infrastructure

  • Leverage a single console and customizable dashboards in Operations Manager to monitor and manage your physical, virtual, networking, application, and cloud resources.

  • Dynamically optimize virtual resources for load balancing and power efficiency.

  • Protect your physical and virtual resources with Endpoint Protection and Data Protection

  • Automatically patch your physical and virtual resources with Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager.

  • Automatically track and create custom reports for hardware inventory, software inventory, and software usage metering.

Unified Management of Existing Infrastructure Investments

  • Consolidate your virtual resources with a single management solution for Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix virtual machines.

  • Leverage integrated views and management across your Windows and Linux/Unix-based operating system environments.

  • Improve network health and availability with central management of your diverse set of network hardware devices.

Improved Utilization of Existing Infrastructure

  • Pool and abstract your datacenter resources (compute, network, and storage) into dedicated private cloud fabric.

  • Flexibly scale virtual and cloud resources up or down, as needed.
  • Reduce infrastructure costs with automated power management.

Simplified Management with Process Automation and Standardization

  • Improve infrastructure availability with automated remediation of errors or alerts.

  • Speed up provisioning of new infrastructure resources with automated service catalog requests.

  • Provide controlled delegation of routine infrastructure provisioning and management tasks.

More info: microsoft.com SCVMM