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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The use of VMware VMsafe enabled third party products introduces third party fastpath drivers into your hypervisor. What these drivers ultimately do is interact with the VMsafe fastpath API, but is that ALL they do? That is why we need some level of certification for VMsafe fast path drivers. We need to KNOW that they do not do anything wrong, bad, or unfortunate.
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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.
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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.