One of the most interesting things about watching a virtualization project is to watch what happens to the management agents and products that are used to monitor and manage the physical servers as they become virtual servers. As VMware does an excellent job of making available via it vCenter API’s all of the data the traditional management products collect either via agents or over the wire via protocols like WMI, most virtualization project leaders and administrators choose to uninstall legacy management solutions as a part of the process of virtualizing servers. Continue reading CA Starts the Race To Self-Destruction Among the “Big Four” in Virtualization Management
In, “Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations“, we proposed the IT Operations be reorganized into “Virtual Operations”, where all of the teams that were responsible for resources supporting Virtual Operations (System Engineering, Servers, LAN’s, WAN’s, SAN and Storage) all reported to one person who was responsible for ensuring the delivery of viable virtual environment. In the same post, we proposed that how applications are supported in production, get reorganized into “Application Operations” where there would be one team responsible for the operation of all applications (purchased and custom developed). Continue reading The Rise of Application Operations and the Role for Next Generation APM Solutions
When VMware announced its new management strategy (monitor – fix automatically – notify the humans), at VMworld Las Vegas, that strategy was incomplete. It was incomplete because the thing that needs monitoring to ensure service quality is the applications that deliver those services. At VMworld Europe, VMware completed the strategy by announcing vFabric Application Performance Manager (APM), and clearly tying issues with applications to automated remediation in the infrastructure. Continue reading Application Performance Management for Virtualized Applications – the VMware vFabric APM Update
For quite some time we have taken the position that in order for the next 60% of the workloads and applications to get virtualized, that the staff operating the virtual environment is going to have to take responsibility for the performance and availability of the applications running on that infrastructure. The logic behind this is simple. If you want someone who owns a performance critical application to give up their dedicated hardware and move into a shared service environment, you are going to have to guarantee the performance of their application to them in order to be allowed to virtualize that application. Continue reading Looking at the Entire VMware Operations and Application Management Strategy
We at The Virtualization Practice, practice what we write about, as such we have been monitoring our systems using many of our sponsors tools. One that has helped quite a bit has been New Relic RPM with its End User and Application Server monitoring capabilities as well as its inherent diagnostics to track through what is the root cause of our performance problems. Since we like to keep our website snappy, we constantly monitor for issues and ways to fix them. As such we are not only looking at the application, but our network and storage environments as well. New Relic RPM however has surprised us quite a few times in what it can tell us. This is where performance monitoring and virtualization security overlap. Continue reading Application Performance Management – Our New Relic Details
In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we gave credit to VMware for (finally) articulating why their management stack was going to be different and better than every management stack that we have known and hated in the physical world. That difference was that VMware was going to focus upon automated remediation of problems instead of “monitor, alert, and then fix manually”.
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