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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VMware’s Application Management Strategy

November 5, 2012
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With vFabric Application Director, VMware is bringing a whole new level of value - application management including the life-cycle of custom and purchased applications across physical, virtual and cloud based environments to the market and its customers. The willingness to work with application software vendors in the Application Marketplace also represents a ground-breaking change for…

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Dell Delivers UCS Beater (Dude, It’s a Converged Infrastructure!)

October 23, 2012
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Dell was in San Francisco last week to host its Enterprise Strategy Update, staking its claim to the x86 top spot with the announcement of its big converged infrastructure platform, the Active System 800.

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VMware Updates Cloud Management Offerings at VMworld Europe

October 9, 2012
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VMware has updated its Cloud Management offerings with vCenter Operations 5.6, vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Connector Advanced 2.0, vFabric Application Director 5.0, vFabric APM 5.0, ITBM 7.5 and an IT Benchmarking Service. These are now cross platform offerings spanning multiple hypervisors (vSphere, Xen, KVM), multiple clouds (vCloud, Amazon, Windows Azure), and including support for physical…

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VMware Updates the vCloud Suite Components

October 9, 2012
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VMware is clearly pursuing a "waterfall" strategy with the editions of the suite. This means that leading edge functionality will most often show up first in the Enterprise Edition of the vCloud Suite and then over time migrate down into the Advanced and Standard Editions. This will set up a battle royal of suite vs…

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VMware Re-Packages and Re-Prices the vCenter Operations Management Suite

October 9, 2012
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Bundling the Foundation Edition of vCenter Operations into every edition of vSphere is VMware's strategy for seeding its customer base with just enough of vC OPS to entice customers to move up and purchase a higher level edition of the suite. However, the least expensive version of vCenter Operation is now $125 per VM instead…

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VMware comes of Age as a Cloud Management Software Vendor

October 9, 2012
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With this set of announcements, VMware has proven its intentions of joining the ranks of the major cloud management software vendors. Virtualization and cloud computing represent disruptions that create an opportunity for a new multi-billion dollar management vendor at the table. VMware has announced a suite of management functionality that makes it a credible vendor…

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Public Cloud Computing – Economics and Throats to Choke

September 25, 2012
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When it comes to public cloud computing services that old adage of "fast, cheap, or good - pick any two" certainly hold true. Amazon can offer you cheap, and since they own their stack, a rapid cycle time DevOps approach to support. But you are not going to get enterprise grade service level guarantees for…

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VMworld 2012: A Contrarian Position on VMware’s New Licensing Model

August 30, 2012
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Given the level of applause that greeted the announcement of VMware's new pricing model, I know this will open me up to criticism, but was the old VMware licensing model really all that bad? It certainly wasn't perfect, and there's an awful alot to like about the new model, but was the old license pricing…

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VMworld 2012: VMware joins OpenStack

August 27, 2012
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Some interesting news about VMWare was made public on Sunday 26th August - the day before VMWorld - that VMware joins OpenStack. This appears to be driven largely by the acquisition of Nicira - and the role that Nicira currently plays in the implementation of virtual networking in OpenStack.

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