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Workload Tetris Lowers Costs

VirtualizationManagementIconWe all try to do it, we sometimes succeed, but the increased density of workloads escapes many folks, whether they are in a cloud or using an on-premises virtual environment. Are there ways to help us gain more density within our environments? Is it still fear that keeps us from doing so? Are there real issues we still need to solve? Why are most environments running with CPU to spare? Is there still a fear of running too many things on any one system?

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Root Cause Analysis as We Move Up the Stack

PerformanceManagementContainers and other technologies are moving administrators, developers, and even operational folks up the stack. In other words, we have abstracted out the hardware and abstracted out the operating system; next, we will abstract out middleware and eventually everything but the code to run. However, when we do that, we no longer train people to be systems engineers; we no longer have the ability to do root cause analysis. We have seen this many times in recent years, and it may just get worse. Root cause analysis is part knowledge and part tools, but most of all an understanding of the system underneath the code. We are fast approaching a time when this skill may become a lost art.

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Key VMworld 2011 Performance and Capacity Announcements

As is expected many vendors have announced and/or are delivering significant advances in Performance and Capacity Management for Virtualized and Cloud Based Environments. Significant announcements have been made by vKernel, Cirba, Reflex Systems, VMTurbo, and Xangati. Here is a brief review of each:

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