The support for multiple virtualization platforms on the part of these third party virtualization managements vendors also raises an issue and an opportunity for enterprises with large scale VMware deployments. The issue is to determine if the enterprise is going to end up with more than one hypervisor. If the answer is yes, then the opportunity is to look at a virtualization management solution from a vendor like Dynamic Ops, Fortisphere, ManageIQ, Platform Computing, Surgient, or VizionCore.
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Enterprises scaling out virtualization to include Hyper-V, Xen and even Red Hat KVM in addition to VMware, while adding servers, business critical applications, and support various constituents involved in these applications are finding a need to homogenize the complexity with third party virtualization management tools. Dynamic Ops a strong vendor in this space has just expanded its product to include automatic reclamation of resources wasted through VM sprawl.
Instead of shifting workloads from internal IT clouds to external clouds via “cloud-bursting”, the most likely use case for cloud computing this year will be the import of tactical workloads from external clouds to the data center. This will create the next great end-run around IT and IT management processes.