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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Troubleshooting from the Trenches

July 1, 2010
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This day seem to start like any other but it seems like as soon as I was logged in to start my day issues arose. It seems like I lost one of my VMware 3.5 ESX servers and all the virtual machines on the host were knocked offline. This should not have been a big…

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Announcement: Virtual Thoughts Podcast the rebirth

June 29, 2010
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Virtual Thoughts Podcast the Rebirth, Join us Tuesday 29th June @ 7:00pm (BST), 2:00pm (EST), 11:00am (PST)

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Working with VMware License Files

June 25, 2010
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There is a cardinal rule that we should all know about, especially for those of us who have spent a lot of time developing kickstart scripts for automated builds of the VMware hosts in your environment, that you do not use windows word editors like Notepad or WordPad when working with Linux files. If you…

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Controlling the Virtual Infrastruture

June 18, 2010
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There is a great deal of marketing hype about which hypervisor is better but I have spent some thinking about this and really have to wonder if the hypervisor is what we should really be focusing or concentrating on. A lot of third party vendors are starting to port their products to be able to…

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If the Virtualization Security Products had no Firewall?

June 10, 2010
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The security companies are looking into all aspects of virtual environment introspection to label, tag, or mark all objects for compliance reasons, inspect the contents of virtual machines for asset management (CMDB), and an early form of Root Kit detection. Virtualization Security is not just about the firewall, it is about the entire ecosystem, auditing,…

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Is the CMDB Irrelevant in a Virtual and Cloud Based World?

June 2, 2010
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Is the CMDB Irrelevant in a Virtual and Cloud Based World?

The CMDB's that were designed and architected for static physical systems appear to be unwieldy, too difficult to keep up to date, and not real-time enough to make the transition into the virtualized and cloud based world. Virtualized environment change too fast for existing CMDB's to keep up, and the notion of keeping a CMDB…

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A Couple of Tips or Tricks When Working With VMware ESX using Root

May 28, 2010
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When working with VMware ESX there are some tips that I can share that can help you manage your environment. This tips are not anything really new or exciting but rather a reinforcement of some best practices to live by in order to improve auditing for compliance and troubleshooting. Use of the following in conjunction…

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Growth of Citrix and Hyper-V EcoSystems

May 27, 2010
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PhD Virtual has gained its second round of funding with investment from Citrix amongst others as discussed within our post News: esXpress is no more but what does this mean for XenServer? Up until this point it looked like Citrix was out of the server hypervisor wars and backing Microsoft's Hyper-V play. Yet this looks…

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VMware Spring + Google: Dramatic PaaS Progress and New SMT Concerns

May 21, 2010
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Java based applications can now be moved between not only a SpringSource TC-Server Java platform on VMware vSphere, but also between the same platform on VMForce, and now Google AppEngine. This level of support from VMware, Salesforce.com, and now Google is starting to make SpringSource look like the early leading technology for PaaS Clouds. This…

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