In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put in place new ecosystem-based management stacks with the intent of eventually retiring your legacy management stacks. In this post, we detail how one could deploy one example of such an ecosystem of tools based upon Splunk and the vendors that comprise its ecosystem.
If you have a Franken-Monitor, you should get rid of it. If you do not have a Franken-Monitor, you should avoid buying or building one at all costs. The correct approach is to use a strategy and an architecture to procure a set of best of breed solutions that can be easily integrated into a common big data back end datastore.
With this set of announcements, VMware has solidified its position as a leader in providing a suite of management solutions across its own data center virtualization platform, the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon AWS. As more of the data center gets virtualized, virtualization and cloud focused solutions like these from VMware become de-facto enterprise grade solutions since once the enterprise is 100% virtualized there will be no more need for expensive and outdated legacy management solutions from IBM, BMC, CA and HP. Clearly if VMware can help its customers get rid of these legacy management frameworks, the hard dollar ROI associated with their replacement will be enough to fund a large expansion in the estate of virtualized and cloud based data centers.
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Management frameworks are dead because they have been unable to keep up with the pace of innovation in the enterprise computing industry. Management frameworks will be replaced by ecosystems of cooperating vendors that each reuse each other’s unique data through a common big data back end. Splunk is the first (but not the last) vendor to offer such a back end and to pursue such an ecosystem strategy.
Agile development, DevOps, language proliferation, platform proliferation, scaled out data centers, and applications distributed across private, hybrid and public clouds make management frameworks into dangerously useless legacy software. New economic models for selling and purchasing management software make frameworks unacceptably expensive. For these reasons frameworks need to be put on the glide path to oblivion.
Replacing management with automation is a bold vision statement on the part of VMware in pursuit of the goal of fully automated service assurance. However as of today, the quality of the data and the ability to translate abnormalities in poor quality data into the correct set of automated actions makes this into a worth goal, and not a near term realistic product deliverable.
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VMware continues to make astounding progress virtualizing business critical applications – as evidenced by its increasing rate of progress virtualizing SAP, Oracle databases, and application systems supported by Oracle databases. The goal of 100% x86 virtualization appears to attainable for most enterprises.