VMware’s Fourth Quarter and 2012 Financial Results

VMware100x30VMware has announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 and for the entire year of 2012. Fourth quarter revenue came in at $1.29B growing 22% over the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year revenue came in at $4.61B also growing 22% over 2011. The full results are detailed in the table below:

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Migrating Business Critical Applications to the Cloud

CloudComputingWe at The Virtualization Practice, LLC have migrated our business critical applications to the cloud. How simple was that task? It was not as easy as we have heard from others, and not as difficult as some have had, but it was not as simple as move my VM and run. Why is this? What are the methods available to move to the cloud? How do they stack up to what actually happens. Theory is all well and good, and I have read plenty of those architectures, but when the shoe leather hits the cloud where are we? Here is a short history, a comparison of methods, and some conclusions that can be drawn from our migration to the cloud. Continue reading Migrating Business Critical Applications to the Cloud

Virtualizing Business Critical Applications: Data Protection

VirtualizationBackupA major aspect of virtualizing any business critical application is data protection which encompasses not only backup, but disaster recovery, and business continuity. It is imperative that our data be protected. While this is true of all workloads, it becomes a bigger concern when virtualizing business critical applications. Not only do we need backups, but we need to protect the business, which is where business continuity comes into play. Continue reading Virtualizing Business Critical Applications: Data Protection

Security Automation = Good Security Practice

VirtualizationSecurityAs I shoveled even more snow, I was starting to think about automation, as in how could I get something to shovel the snow for me, which lead to thinking about automation within the cloud. I see lots of discussion about automation in the cloud. Many of my friends and colleagues are developing code using Puppet, Chef, vCenter Orchestrator, etc. This development is about producing the software defined datacenter (SDDC). However, I see very little in the way of security automation associated with SDDC. Continue reading Security Automation = Good Security Practice

News: VMware Invests $30M in Puppet Labs – Establishes Strategic Partnership

ITasaServiceVMware, a company not known for establishing strategic partnerships with other software companies has just made a very significant move. VWware has invested $30M in Puppet Labs and has established a strategic partnership with Puppet Labs. The goal of the partnership is to allow customers to realize the value of Puppet across a variety of VMware products including vSphere, vFabric Application Director, Cloud Automation Center, vCenter Operations Manager and vCenter Configuration Manager. Continue reading News: VMware Invests $30M in Puppet Labs – Establishes Strategic Partnership

Prelert Automates Detection of Anomalies in Splunk Data

PerformanceManagementOne of the great things about Splunk as both an Operations Management tool and as an Application Performance Management tool is the ease with which an astonishing variety of data sources can be fed into the Splunk data store. Splunk automatically indexes this data based upon time stamps, and stores it in a back end data store that scales out horizontally on commodity servers with commodity storage. This means that Splunk one of the very few management solutions that can scale out to accept the tsunami of management that is generated across the infrastructure and application stack in a modern dynamic or cloud based environment.

The Splunk Architecture

The wealth of data sources that can be collected an indexed by Splunk are shown in the left portion of the image below. The scaled out architecture that is how Splunk can keep up with the management data tsunami is shown in the rest of the diagram.

Splunk Big Data Architecture

Now we come to the part about the good news and the bad news. The good news is that Splunk is able to be your management data store across your physical hardware, virtualization layer, operating system layer, application infrastructure layer (middleware) and the layer comprised of the applications themselves.

The bad news is that until today, if you wanted to pull all of the data together than pertained to a particular application, you had to be an expert in the topology of that application (where does it run), the virtual and physical infrastructure that supports that application (what is it dependent on) and on how to tie disparate data sources together in Splunk to create a cohesive view or dashboard. Organizations with a few (or one) mission critical application that was of such high value that it warranted a dedicated support team could easily justify the investment in learning required to pull this off. Organizations with thousands of business critical and performance critical applications saw this as an infinitely high cliff.

The Prelert Anomaly Detective for Splunk

The Prelert Anomaly Detective automatically learns the normal patterns of the Splunk data. It then automatically identifies anomalous behavior in the Splunk data and uses the ability of the Splunk Query Language to find cross-correlated data and events.

Prelert Anomaly Detective for Splunk

The Prelert Anomaly Detective allows for a significant advance in how customers use Splunk and its data. Today most customers use Splunk as a forensics tool to find the problem, after some other tool or user has reported the problem. The combination of the Prelert Anomaly Detective with Splunk allows Prelert to notify customers of anomalies that the customer did not even know to go look for and that can easily be leading indicators of problems that have not yet been reported.

The complete Prelert announcement is here – “Prelert Introduces Anomaly Detective, an Advanced Predictive Analytics Solution for Splunk Enterprise Environments

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