Virtualization Management

Virtualization Management covers all aspects of managing a modern virtual or software defined data center. This includes managing across virtualization platforms and clouds, monitoring the performance and availability of the virtualization platforms (hypervisors) and the clouds, monitoring the capacity of the virtualization platforms and clouds,|monitoring the performance of the applications running on these platforms and clouds, automatically provisioning these environments, securing these environments, and ensuring that the data in these environments is always protected and available.

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Veeam Survey on using Enterprise Management tools for Virtualization

April 20, 2011
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Veeam Survey on using Enterprise Management tools for Virtualization

Many enterprises see virtualization as an opportunity to dump what they perceive as expensive, inflexible, and difficult to use enterprise management tools in favor of ones built for the new dynamic data center. Other enterprises simply view virtualization as one more silo that that needs to be managed with existing tools. Veeam's nworks products clearly…

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Virtualization Performance Management – Linking Response Time, Load and Chargeback

April 13, 2011
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Virtualization Performance Management – Linking Response Time, Load and Chargeback

In Applications Performance Equals Response Time, not Resource Utilization, we took the position that while for the majority of the applications deployed on physical hardware the general practice was to infer their performance by looking at normal vs. abnormal resource utilization statistics, once you virtualize an application, it becomes necessary to directly measure its response…

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The Progress of the Cisco UCS Platform

April 7, 2011
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It has been just over two years that the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) was announced and released to the world. I wanted to give my feedback on the progress of the platform and how it is fitting into the Cloud Computing space. When Cisco announced their Unified Computing Platform a couple of years ago,…

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Microsoft SCOM as a complete Management Solution for a VMware Environment

April 6, 2011
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Microsoft SCOM as a complete Management Solution for a VMware Environment

Adding the Veeam nworks management pack to Microsoft SCOM makes SCOM into a fully competent vSphere management solution. Adding BlueStripe's FactFinder plugin allows you to see end-to-end application topology and response times for physical and virtual applications. SCOM's plug-in architecture combined with Microsoft's DNA to partner on the sales and marketing fronts makes SCOM into…

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ITaaS: Managing Software Costs within Hybrid Clouds

March 31, 2011
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Managing licensing and utilization costs is a mess today in the physical world. Introducing elastic scaling of workloads into a hybrid private/public cloud introduces new uncertainties and new software licensing metering and compliance issues. This is particularly true in the case of enterprise applications which are licensed by the enterprise from the software vendor and…

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News – Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire newScale

March 29, 2011
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Cisco has announced the intent to acquire newScale. This puts the leading service catalog into the hands of Cisco, who will certainly pursue deep integration between newScale and the UCS - providing enterprise customers breakthroughs in provisioning and workload management agility. This also sets up Cisco and VMware to compete in the IT as a…

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Using Microsoft SCOM to Manage the Performance of Virtualized Applications on vSphere

March 29, 2011
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Using Microsoft SCOM to Manage the Performance of Virtualized Applications on vSphere

BlueStripe has integrated its applications topology views and end-to-end response time monitoring information into Microsoft SCOM. This creates an appealing solution to manage applications performance on a response time basis across virtualization platforms, and across both physical and virtually host applications.

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vCenter Operations: Integrated and Secure?

March 25, 2011
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VMware released 3 versions of vCenter Operations, standard, advanced, Enterprise. We have already discussed the abilities of vCenter Operations vCenter Operations – vSphere Performance, Capacity and Configuration Management with Self Learning Analytics but is this an integrated and secure implementation of monitoring or do we need more security than what is provided? At the time…

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vSphere Client for the iPad

March 24, 2011
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vSphere Client for the iPad

The VMware Community Roundtable, which is recorded every Wednesday, has been available for download from iTunes for the last couple of years or about as long has the podcast has been presented on TalkShoe.com. Other than the community podcast and The Virtualization Security Podcast there have not really been too many other things available on…

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