On June 22 2009, Dynamic Ops announced VRM 3.2 the latest release in its cross-platform enterprise scale virtualization management offering. VRM has always provided a high level of self-service allowing constituents other than the VMware vCenter adminustratir to create their own guests per policies set in place by IT.

The self-service capabilities of VRM take a tremendous amount of load off IT. This provides both user groups and owners of business critical applications the control and flexibly that they need in order to be able to react to changes in requirements and business conditions.  However, the flexibility and the ability to rapidly create VM’s often creates sprawl in the form of abandoned VM’s that still consume resources. Therefore there is the need to detect this sprawl and to manage the retirement of guests in an orderly and automated fashion.

VRM 3.0 adds a unique work-flow based mechanism to identify guests that may constitute sprawl, verify that they do in fact constitute sprawl, reclaim the resources used by these guests, and thereby drive hard dollar savings on the purchase of new hardware to support the virtual infrastructure. This work-flow is depicted in the image below:

vmreclaimThe hard dollar savings from the automatic reduction or elimination of VM sprawl is key to an enterprise’s decision to deploy a tool like VRM. VMware has positioned vSphereTM as the virtualization platform that can virtualize any application. At the same time the new pricing for vSphereTM is causing many enterprises to look at alternative platforms prior to scaling out their virtual infrastructure to the next level. Therefore a great deal of attention is being paid to the cost of this next generation of virtualization scale-out. Continuous detection and elimination of sprawl is a critical component of managing these costs on an ongoing basis.

Sprawl detection is something competing virtualization management vendors like Fortisphere, ManageIQ, Embotics, Reflex Systems and Surgient all claim as a feature and benefit of their offerings. Enterprises looking to scale out their virtual infrastructure to include business critical applications and self-managing constituencies should download the Virtualization Management White Paper listed below and carefully evaluate these solutions for their management and cost savings features.

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Bernd Harzog is the Analyst at The Virtualization Practice for Performance and Capacity Management and IT as a Service (Private Cloud).

Bernd is also the CEO and founder of APM Experts a company that provides strategic marketing services to vendors in the virtualization performance management, and application performance management markets.

Prior to these two companies, Bernd was the CEO of RTO Software, the VP Products at Netuitive, a General Manager at Xcellenet, and Research Director for Systems Software at Gartner Group. Bernd has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.

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