The Cloud Management layer of the Software Defined Data Center is where the flexibility of the SDDC is translated into tangible benefits for the business constituents of the virtualized data center, the private clouds, the hybrid clouds and the public clouds. Without a robust Cloud Management layer, the IT Operations flexibility of the SDDC cannot translate into the relevant level of Business Agility for the business.
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vSphere with Operations Management lets VMware use valuable and differentiated management software like vCenter Operations to make the price of vSphere free or nearly so. One can only wonder if other such bundles are forthcoming, for example vSphere with vCloud Automation Center (vSCAC). VMware has significant product differentiation in management software over Microsoft, and it only makes sense to use this differentiation to combat the perception that vSphere is expensive.
VMware has announced the End of Life for vFabric APM. This now opens up the entire data center virtualization market and the entire future Software Defined Data Center market to third party solutions designed for these new environments. This will be one more nail in the coffin of the legacy APM vendors who have not modernized their solutions, and will create a huge opportunity for the new vendors who have.
If BMC is taken private, the same fate will likely befall other legacy enterprise management software vendors like CA, and the management software divisions of IBM and HP. This will start the process of the replacement of these products by new ones built from the ground up for virtualization and cloud computing, and mark the start of the disruption of the entire management software business.
SDDC Application Performance Management will be a critical part of ensuring that the applications that matter to your business are highly available and perform well in you software defined data center. Running rapidly changing applications on a highly dynamic software infrastructure will lead to intractable problems unless proper APM tools are deployed in your SDDC.
A VMware win against Microsoft simply requires VMware to turn the pricing tables on Microsoft, and to leverage its highly differentiating functionality in its Software Defined Data Center strategy. VMware could re-establish technical dominance in the data center virtualization space as early as the end of this year by leveraging its software defined networking, software defined storage, and management software assets.
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The Virtualization Practice has released a major update to its Application Performance Management for Virtualization and Cloud White paper. This paper covers both Application Performance Management for custom developed applications (DevOps), and Application Performance Management for every application (purchased and custom developed) in production (AppOpps).