April Fools 2013. Nothing in this post is true. If anything in this post becomes true then we are all fools for not foreseeing it.
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SDDC Operations Management is going to require a new approach. Vendors with effective Operations Management solutions for today’s virtualized data centers are in the best position to be able to expand their offerings for the SDDC. Legacy vendors face a complete rewrite of their products and the adoption of a new business model (easy to try and easy to buy) that will destroy them financially, and will therefore be unable to react to the SDDC either technically or financially.
Business Agility ...
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The SDDC and the Cloud are going to require a new SDDC Management Stack that will need to be based upon a multi-vendor big data datastore. There will likely be on-premise and cloud hosted version of these datastores. Splunk, VMware, New Relic, The Pivotal Initiative, CloudPhysics, AppNeta, and Boundary are all excellent hypothetical suppliers of such a datastore.
Cloud Computing ...
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VMware has added some significant meat to the bones of its Software Defined Data Center Strategy with the announcement of the VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform. NSX represents the combination of the previous VMware network virtualization technology (VXLAN) with the technology that came from the acquisition of Nicira.
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Public cloud vendors do not measure what they need to measure in order to be able to provide infrastructure performance assurances to their customers. This is why their SLA’s are useless. This is why if you put your application in a public cloud your absolutely need to measure its response time with a cloud application performance management solution.
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With Virsto, VMware can completely abstract the physical storage from how it is presented to the servers and the applications on those servers (the storage is virtualized), and have fine grained control over how data is read and written from the datastores – resulting in dramatic improvements in utilization and performance.
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By raising respectively $50 and $80M AppDynamics and New Relic have positioned themselves to go public sometime in the next two years. They will join Splunk and Solarwinds as brand new management software companies built from the group up to meet the new requirements for management of virtualized and cloud based data centers.
IT as a Service ...
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Taking your cloud from a dev/test/pilot/training use case to a platform for business critical enterprise applications introduces significant new requirements that first generation cloud management platforms were not designed to meet. Elasticity and self-service are nice features, but these features alone fall far short of what is needed to provision and run enterprise applications in clouds.
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