Enterprises are urged to look at virtualization management as a separate purchasing decision from the decision to purchase and standardize upon a virtualization platform. Third party vendors are likely to be more in tune with the requirements of constituents other than virtualization administrators, and products from these third party vendors are more likely to provide robust support for multiple virtualization platforms.
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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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VMware, Microsoft and Citrix all include management tools with their offerings. Every enterprise customer of VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization platforms typically uses the default management tools provided by the virtualization platform vendor. However, there are strong reasons to look beyond these tools, and consider offerings from vendors like Dynamic Ops, Embotics, Fastscale, Fortisphere, Hyper9, ManageIQ, Platform Computing, Reflex Systems, Tripware, Surgient, Veeam, and 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.