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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CA Gets Serious about Virtualization Management and Performance

May 18, 2010
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CA Technologies (CAT) has announced three new virtualization management and performance offerings. This is the first example of a "big 4" enterprise systems management vendor getting serious about providing virtualization and cloud focused solutions. This will be very reasuring for CAT customers and may will accelerate stalled virtualization projects.

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Service Assurance – The Key to Virtualizing Tier 1 Applications

May 12, 2010
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Virtualizing Tier 1 business critical applications is a challenge for many enterprises due to the resistance to the concept on the part of applications owners and their constituents. Service Assurance for these applications is required in order for their owners and their users to go along with virtualization. Service Assurance requires the integration of Applications…

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Data Center Virtualization – Virtualizing the Last Mile

May 10, 2010
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Just like a Telco, the 'last mile' of Virtualization is often the most difficult, I would say even more difficult than the initial phase of virtualization. What do I mean by the 'last mile'? The 5-10% of systems that you have LEFT to virtualize. These systems are your most highly used, too X to virtualize,…

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VMware – The Applications Platform Company

May 7, 2010
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VMware will offer enterprises a very inexpensive Java run time platform that is tuned to virtualization, that facilitates very rapid deployment of Java applications into a virtualized environment, and that offers applications portability between VMware TC-Server run time environments and Java PAAS clouds like VMforce. This may well prove to be an irresistible combination to…

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CPU Contention in a VMware Virtual Environment

May 6, 2010
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With virtualization technology we, the system administrators, have a lot of tools available to make our day to day operation and administration of our environments easier to work with and speeds up the time it takes to do a lot of administration tasks. Take for example the ability we have to add resources to a…

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Monitoring – The basics of the Cloud

May 3, 2010
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"What do you wish to monitor?", is often my response when someone states they need to monitor the virtual environment. Monitoring however becomes much more of an issue when you enter the cloud. Some of my friends have businesses that use the cloud, specifically private IaaS clouds, but what should the cloud provider monitor and…

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A Rising Tide Lifts all Virtual Boats

April 26, 2010
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VMware, Citrix, EMC, NetApp and Intel have all reported strong earnings for Q1/2009. This suggests that virtualization is helping the technology sector lead the economy out of the recession. This trend should continue as economies improve worldwide and these vendors can start to chalk up global growth.

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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

April 19, 2010
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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following virtualization vendors: * vKernel where we were introduced to their Predictive Capacity Planning tools * EMC where we discussed integration of…

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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Storage Line Up

April 15, 2010
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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Storage Line Up

I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following storage vendors: * Data Robotics where we were introduced to the new Drobo FS * EMC where we discussed stretched storage…

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