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In the fabric section of System Center VMM 2012 is also possible add external hardware network load balancers and manage, in a similar way as a storage array can be added and managed. But in this case there isn’t a standard interface to remote manage the devices and each vendor must make available a supported “provider” that is just the management software part for the integration with VMM.

Actually the supported devices are:

  • BIG-IP from F5 Networks, Inc.
  • Brocade ServerIron ADX from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
  • Citrix NetScaler from Citrix Systems, Inc.

Note that Microsoft Network Load Balancing (NLB) is automatically included as a load balancer in VMM.

Virtual appliance solutions (like Kemp) are not (yet) supported, but could be interesting to have also this kind of integration (in a similar way of  some VMware vShield products).

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Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.