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

PerformanceManagementAt VMworld Europe, VMware has announced significant changes to the packaging the pricing of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. The highlight is a new edition of vC OPS, Foundation, which is free with every edition of vSphere. Continue reading VMware Re-Packages and Re-Prices the vCenter Operations Management Suite

VMware comes of Age as a Cloud Management Software Vendor

CloudComputingOne of the questions that have been extensively debated in the cloud management software industry is whether VMware would focus upon managing “its silo” (vSphere) and leave enterprise management and its complexity to other vendors (both large and small), or whether VMware would choose to try to become an enterprise cloud management software vendor themselves. That question has now been answered – at least in terms of VMware’s intentions. Continue reading VMware comes of Age as a Cloud Management Software Vendor

VMware and Quest Join the Infrastructure Performance Management Party

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Infrastructure Performance Management is about measuring the performance of an infrastructure by measuring the end-to-end latency for the requests that workloads placed upon that infrastructure. At VMworld Europe, both VMware and Quest joined the Infrastructure Performance Management party. Continue reading VMware and Quest Join the Infrastructure Performance Management Party

vCloud Suite: Why is VMware Turning its Back on VM-based Licensing?

CloudComputingAt VMworld VMware announced the release of the vCloud Suite of products. This new suite of packages, depending on the level purchased, bundles together several individual products into a single purchase point. See the table later for details of which package includes which product.

However, to me the most interesting point was the fact that this suite is purchased per processor, not per VM. This, coupled with VMware’s announcement of the death of vRAM, means that you can in theory now get a lot more bang per buck spent with no artificial limits set on usage. Continue reading vCloud Suite: Why is VMware Turning its Back on VM-based Licensing?

ITIL as a Service

DataCenterVirtualizationIf you ever want to polarize a group of IT professionals, all you need do is drop ITIL into the conversation. For some people ITIL is the devil incarnate. For others it is the Holy Grail–an unattainable symbol of union with the divine.

For VMWare it’s clearly the devil. In his VMworld keynote last month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that the company is “putting aside ITIL and CMDB in favour of process that works for cloud,” a position that Citrix clearly disagrees with after announcing that it had completed the acquisition of New Zealand-based startup Beetil, which is rapidly making a name for itself with a SaaS-based service management offering that delivers a readily accessible pragmatic approach to ITIL. Continue reading ITIL as a Service