Hundreds of companies and products monitor and manage various elements of your data center and your clouds. But most of these products rely on commonly available management data that is accessed via either industry-standard APIs or management APIs provided by various vendors. A few products do the extra work to collect unique data, and these…
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As the first SDDC is delivered later this year, infrastructure performance management solutions will be an essential part of SDDC Infrastructure Performance Management. The good news is that a robust set of vendors already exist who can readily enhance their offerings to address the incremental requirements of the SDDC.
Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – Operations Management and Infrastructure Performance Management
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Virtualizing business critical applications requires an operations management solution that is designed from the group up for a dynamic and shared data center. Virtualizing performance critical applications requires an infrastructure performance management solution that can monitor the end-to-end latency of the infrastructure in real time or near real time. As enterprises virtualize more than low hanging fruit, these solutions will become essential elements of the virtualization process.
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Infrastructure Performance Management is the single most important performance and capacity management issue that owners of a virtual environment need to address. The reason for this is that since the low hanging fruit has been virtualized, what is left is business critical and performance critical applications in the hands of applications owners and their business constituents. In order to convince these groups that the virtual infrastructure is performing acceptably in support of these important applications Operations groups in charge of virtual environments need to move beyond trying to infer infrastructure performance from resource utilization patterns.
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VMworld 2012 is upon us. Use this list to figure out which booths should be on your short list for creative and new solutions. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list will help you.
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Virtualization is such a profound change to how systems operate that it not only creates new management requirements, but it also breaks legacy management solutions. For these reasons, enterprises should look outside of traditional legacy management vendors for their virtualization performance and capacity management solutions. The focus should be on the richness of the virtualization aware functionality in the solutions, their support of multiple platforms, and how easy the solution is to try, buy and implement.
VMware has articulated and is starting to deliver on a compelling strategy of Automated Operations for its virtualization and cloud platforms. This will precipitate profound changes in the vendor ecosystem as third party vendors partner up and acquire in order to come up with the same depth of functionality that VMware is offering, but on a broader set of platforms (Quest buying VKernel is just the start of this process).
What is still missing here is any kind of an end-to-end view of infrastructure latency that is also real time, deterministic and comprehensive. The marrying of the SAN point of view with the IP network point of view is the obvious combination. The hard issue here will be the identification of the applications so that these view of infrastructure performance can be surfaced on a per application basis. In summary, we have a long way to go here, and this just might be why so many of those virtualization projects for business critical and performance critical applications are having so much trouble getting traction.