Hot on the heels of the System p AVE beta, is news we’ve opened up the beta program for the IBM Virtualization Manager 1.2.
The Virtualization Manager helps manage both physical and virtualization resources for the IBM Systems Director. This beta release specifically deals with the resources and relationships that can be managed from the Hardware Management Console (HMC), Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) and Virtual I/O Server (VIOS).
The new release also includes enhanced storage integration and wizards for the creation & modification of virtual servers for POWER, as well as well as setup and deployment of select Xen environments and provides for system templates.
Perhaps more interestingly, two new major extensions/functions are included, the Image Manager and Availability Manager. Image Manager offers image management, creation and cloning for select server systems, and Availability Manager offers relocation and continuous availability on select server systems.
[Edit 5/2/07] If you’d like to participate, please discuss with your IBM rep. or comment here and I’ll make sure the comment is passed on to the enrollment coordinator.