All posts by Bernd Harzog

Bernd Harzog is the Analyst at The Virtualization Practice for Performance and Capacity Management and IT as a Service (Private Cloud).Bernd is also the CEO and founder of APM Experts a company that provides strategic marketing services to vendors in the virtualization performance management, and application performance management markets.Prior to these two companies, Bernd was the CEO of RTO Software, the VP Products at Netuitive, a General Manager at Xcellenet, and Research Director for Systems Software at Gartner Group. Bernd has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.

News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

What exactly is the point of monitoring your infrastructure and your applications? Hopefully your answer to that question is not to just ensure that your network latency is low, that your servers are up, and that you are not about to run out of memory on a server, or hard disk space on an array. Hopefully your answer is that the end goal of monitoring your environment and your applications is to ensure that the applications that comprise your critical business services (to your internal and external constituents) are performing within the expectations of those  constituents. Continue reading News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

Who’s Who in Application Performance Management for Virtualization and the Cloud

An updated version of this post can be found here.

In “Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Environments” we compared the different approaches to implementing APM for applications residing in virtualized and cloud based environments.  In this post we take a deeper look at the key vendors in the space, and compare their offerings. The purpose of this deeper look is to help you decide which ones to put on your short list for further evaluation.

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News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

VMware has announced that it has delivered vCenter Operations Suite 5.0. This is a significant step forward for the management of virtualized environments because it consolidates many of the functions traditionally into a suite that is least somewhat integrated (and becoming more integrated over time). The key thing that VMware is bringing to the table is the integration of resource based performance management resource based capacity management, configuration management, and a brand new vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN).  Continue reading News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

Much of the internet seems to be up in arms over the potential for a new piece of legislation designed to help US law enforcement authorities fight online piracy. In protest of this potential legislation, some sites (Wikepedia) went completely dark yesterday, and some (Google) demonstrated conspicuous concerns over the prospect of censorship by the government (with the Google logo obscured by a big black box). So what is all of the fuss about, and should we who are concerned about virtualization and cloud computing care? Continue reading The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Envionments

One of the important questions that we should all frequently ask ourselves is, “How will virtualization and cloud computing be different this year and next year than they have been in the past”? One of the answers to those questions involves the kinds of applications that you are virtualizing, and/or putting in clouds (public or private). The short version of the answer is that the applications that are left to virtualize, are for the most part, very different from the applications that have been virtualized to date. Continue reading Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Envionments

Are we going to see real progress in IT Automation and Service Assurance in 2012?

In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we detailed the strategy the VMware announced at VMworld Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. The cornerstone of that strategy was to open up a new ROI for virtualization. This new ROI is based upon OPEX savings that come from automating IT Operations, in contrast to the CAPEX savings that come the server consolidation that has fueled the virtualization industry so far. Continue reading Are we going to see real progress in IT Automation and Service Assurance in 2012?

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