VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware100x30On Tuesday VMware announced their answer to the public cloud: the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). One of the biggest hurdles for the roughly 500,000 VMware customers has been that their on-premise, private infrastructure isn’t directly interoperable with any sizable public clouds, like Amazon AWS or RackSpace. If you want to move towards a public or hybrid cloud model you need to add additional software, like Enstratius’ offerings or VMware’s own vCloud Automation Center. You could also use the vCloud Connector, but that relies on having another vCloud available. One of VMware’s frustrations has been the adoption rate of partners, most refusing to build full vCloud implementations, effectively trapping VMware customers inside their own data centers. Continue reading VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

Software Defined Data Center Analytics

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureMoving the configuration of the environment from the hardware that supports the environment to a layer of software which can collectively manage all of the storage, networking, compute, and memory resources of the environment is one of the main points of the SDDC. Once all of the configuration of the data center is moved into software, and some of the execution of the work is moved into software, SDDC Data Center Analytics will play a critical role in keeping your SDDC up and running with acceptable performance. Continue reading Software Defined Data Center Analytics

EMC ViPR as a Part of a SDDC

DataCenterVirtualizationAt EMC World 2013, EMC announced ViPR as the answer to storage within the software defined data center. ViPR presents multiple types of storage while segmenting the control plane from the data plane. In addition, ViPR is a head end, fronting traditional storage arrays as an automation and control point and does not replace any array, but, possibly, makes it easier to use those arrays as we move to the software defined data center. Yet, ViPR also raises several questions about how storage will be accessed by the software defined data center: is ViPR the future, or is there more to happen? Continue reading EMC ViPR as a Part of a SDDC

News: VMware Announces the vCloud Hybrid Service

CloudComputingFor years, VMware has offered a public cloud service through cloud service providers who were licensees of VMware vCloud suite of products (essentially the same software that VMware customers run on premise with a different revenue share based licensing model).  However the vCloud offering completely failed to put any dent in the rapid growth of Amazon EC2. Microsoft beefed up its Azure cloud offering last year making it into a full IaaS offering. Google has jumped into the fray with Google Compute Engine. Continue reading News: VMware Announces the vCloud Hybrid Service

Tintri OS 2.0 & ReplicateVM

Tintri100x30 Tintri100x30As virtualization slowly takes over almost everything in information technology, certain things need to change. One of those things is the way storage operates. Traditional enterprise storage was built for a time when physical machines were king, and there was only one operating system, and often only one workload, per physical server. Virtualization changes that, putting multiple workloads and multiple OS images on a single host, often causing predictive algorithms for caching to fail because the I/O from a particular server looks almost completely random (sometimes referred to as the “I/O blender”). In fact, the I/O isn’t random, it’s just the result of multiple VMs each doing their own thing. Most monolithic storage vendors have adapted their arrays to better understand this new type of I/O, at least in part. However, there is a whole new class of storage company that is looking to start over, upending the storage market by pairing commodity hardware with deeper understandings of virtual environments and new management models. Continue reading Tintri OS 2.0 & ReplicateVM

Is Automation Killing The Engineering?

DataCenterVirtualizationIs automation killing the engineering? When MTV first appeared on the air, the first video it played was, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Fast forward a few decades and I have to wonder if automation is killing the engineering. In the early days of virtualization the administrators were expected to be proficient in using the command line, and to be honest, if you wanted to really understand how things worked, command line administration was an absolute must-have skill.  Virtualization has evolved from those early days. More and more features and services are being added to the infrastructure, such that the need for the vast number of skills required seems to be fading as the technology continues to mature. Looking forward to a time when cloud computing is working to achieve complete and total automation, I have to wonder how administrators will handle the stress of getting issues resolved when automation is not an option. Continue reading Is Automation Killing The Engineering?