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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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – OpEx Savings Courtesy of Ionix

November 12, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – OpEx Savings Courtesy of Ionix

Prior to the announcement and subsequent to the announcement of Ionix, EMC has been on an absolute tear acquiring companies that have components that will be combined into the new Ionix management stack. These announcements have included the acquisitions of Voyence, ConfigureSoft, Fastsale Technology, and an agreement to resell VMware AppSpeed.

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – an Economist’s Perspective

November 6, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – an Economist’s Perspective

So from an economists perspective, there is really one and only one simple question. How will the vBlock initiative make earnings per share at EMC, Cisco, and VMware grow faster than they would have had the companies not done this partnership or faster than if they had of done something else with the resources that…

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Virtualization – A Feature of the OS, or a New Platform?

October 14, 2009
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Virtualization – A Feature of the OS, or a New Platform?

Microsoft and Red Hat has just announced that they have completed the certifications of the cross OS hypervisor agreements that the companies originally announced back in February of 2009. This means that Microsoft now certifies Red Hat Linux guests on Hyper-V and Red Hat certifies certain Windows guests on KVM. Red Hat has an excellent…

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Eucalyptus, a “self-build” Amazon Cloud

October 9, 2009
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Eucalyptus is a software stack that when added to a standard virtualized data-center or co-located server network, turns it into a Cloud which looks exactly like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It is a “self-build” Amazon Cloud kit. Just add hypervisor. We consider Eucalyptus in the context of cloud to datacenter migrations, and standards…

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VMware releases SRM 4.0 – Full Support for vSphere and vCenter Linked clones

October 7, 2009
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VMware have finally released a vSphere compatible version of SRM, and all I can say is about time. I could not believe it when vSphere was released int May without SRM support, that should have been there from day one. Well rant over what VMware goodness does the version 4.0 bring.

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VMware vs. Microsoft – Management Stack Strategies

October 6, 2009
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VMware vs. Microsoft – Management Stack Strategies

VMware has made it very clear that it views virtualization as the catalyst technology which enables driving complexity and cost out of the data center, and injecting freedom, agility, and choice into the data center. VMware has also made it clear that these benefits from virtualization will only occur if virtualization itself (the hypervisor and…

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News: Less than a week to VM Expo in London

October 2, 2009
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In its second year, VM Expo is the UK’s first and largest event dedicated to Virtualization.  From 7th – 8th of October in London at Earls Court Two, this free to attend event has over 190 seminars and 180 vendors. This year’s virtualization keynote address will be delivered by Stephen Herrod, CTO and Senior VP…

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Are Hypervisor Vendors welcoming ISVs?

September 28, 2009
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There is a great debate on which hypervisor vendor works with ISVs and which do not. You have a number of ISVs working with VMware that are just now starting to work with Hyper-V. A number of ISVs that are struggling to catch up in the virtualization space. Hypervisor Vendors that are directly competing with…

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40,000 Firewalls! Help Please!?

September 21, 2009
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While at VMworld I was suddenly hit with a blast of heat generated by the 40,000 VMs running within the VMworld Datacenter of 150 Cisco UCS blades or so. This got me thinking about how would VMsafe fit into this environment and therefore about real virtualization security within the massive virtual machine possible within a…

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