Monitoring from the Cloud

I have started the year 2011 out by looking at some of the different monitoring solutions available for us to have an insight into the health and welfare of the systems that we support. In your typical monitoring solution you would install the monitoring server in your environment and let the system discover all the devices in your infrastructure and/or to control the licenses we would manually enter the devices that we want to monitor. Some of these monitoring servers solutions have to have a beefy box to begin with and all solutions will need a great deal of “tweaking” to control the number of false positives as well as time put in to be able to report on what exactly we care to be alerted about. Continue reading Monitoring from the Cloud

Want to Move to the Cloud? Simple Steps

You heard the buzzwords and drunk the kool-aid and now you want to move to the cloud, how do you do this? This has been the a fairly interesting question on the VMware Communities Podcast yesterday, when the vCloud team showed up to talk about the current reference architecture. Yet almost all the questions were about going to the cloud and not about the architecture. Does this mean people do not understand what is required to go to the cloud? I think so. So to take a few elements from the podcast and put them in writing is the goal of this article. The Simple Steps to move to the cloud.

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Mirage 2.0 extends Wanova vision to the enterprise

Wanova has today announced general availability of Mirage 2.0, the newest release of its distributed desktop virtualization platform. Mirage 2.0 is a significant milestone for Wanova, extending the platform from a limited scalability solution to a true enterprise-class platform, just in time for when is expected to be a year of rapid growth for desktop virtualization.

Wanova’s approach to desktop virtualization differs from many of the other vendors in this market who based their solutions on offering the ability to run the desktop workload in the data center. More significantly it also differs from other desktop virtualization vendors in that it does not depend on a hypervisor for its operation. Continue reading Mirage 2.0 extends Wanova vision to the enterprise

VNXe More than Just Storage

In my article entitled EMC VNXe Spurs Thinking Outside the Box I discussed the possibility of combining several EMC technologies to make a Forensic’s security appliance. This has spurred even further thoughts on this new and revolutionary approach to storage. The possibilities are pretty endless given the ability to ‘refactor’ physical components into virtual components that will run within the VNXe (and for that matter the entire VNX family of products). Granted, some of these ideas need to wait for devices that will work with the add on slot in the back of the VNX controllers: FC or FCoE anyone? But for what else can we use VNXe? Continue reading VNXe More than Just Storage

Monitoring Virtualized Application Performance – Looking Outside In

Understanding whether a virtualized or cloud based system or application is available and delivering acceptable response times to its end users is one of the most important tasks that must be addressed by any strategy for monitoring the performance of business critical applications. Continue reading Monitoring Virtualized Application Performance – Looking Outside In

EMC VNXe Spurs Thinking Outside the Box

Chad Sakac mentions on his blog that VNXe “uses a completely homegrown EMC innovation (C4LX and CSX) to virtualize, encapsulate whole kernels and other multiple high performance storage services into a tight, integrated package.” Well this has gotten me to thinking about other uses of VNXe. If EMC could manage to “refactor” or encapsulate a few more technologies, I think we have the makings of a killer virtualization security appliance. Why would a storage appliance spur on thinking about virtualization security? Continue reading EMC VNXe Spurs Thinking Outside the Box