Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Center (DIT-SC), a forthcoming Microsoft provided Solution Accelerator for optimizing data center operations, appears to be raising more questions than it’s answering. Formerly known as the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (DDCT-E), the renamed solution is meant to provide a free, partner-extensible framework for creating agile, virtualized infrastructures. Based on some currently available blog entries and data sheets, here’s what we know about DIT-SC now:
- It’s going to be free (no word on support yet)
- Its usefulness is likely going to depend on the partner adoption rate and extensions they make available
- Largely based on PowerShell for automating data center operations
- It will be available the first half of 2010
- Includes self-service user/admin portals
- Integrates with System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Like I said, there’s not a lot of information about this yet. But, I’m sure more information will be made available at the Microsoft Management Summit. In the meantime, I’d encourage to visit the following resources:
Dynamic Data Center Alliance Team Blog
DIT Data Sheet
I managed to find this little snipplet from a Redmond Magazine article recently posted. It contains some interesting insights into new tools being made available for managing data center virtualization with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Hyper-V.
The Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (DDCT-E) is scheduled to be released during the first half of 2010. It aims to address servers, networks and storage as a single set of available resources in the same pool, thereby reducing idle time. Automation through batch creation and provisioning of VMs is the key to the automation of the Microsoft environment. The focus is on automation of provisioning and proper tracking of those deployed resources. Microsoft provides a self-service portal along with role-based access control. Tracking and chargeback reports are also available. DDCT-E will be free, but it integrates with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which carry steep price tags. Microsoft finds itself on the cusp of big developments in the private cloud, as well as in hybrid cloud models, but it hasn’t done much yet in the way of shipping products.
Pretty interesting stuff, uh? How would you vision using this toolset within your organization?