In our series of posts about the reference architecture for the software defined data center and the cloud, we make the case that the requirements for managing a SDDC and the cloud are so different from the requirements for managing dedicated physical hardware that these requirements will be met by new vendors instead of legacy management vendors. Continue reading Shopping for Solutions to Manage the SDDC and the Cloud
The entire purpose of constructing an Software Defined Data Center is to allow new data center services to be rapidly provisioned in response to business demands. But the business does not just want a data center service. The business wants and needs either a full development environment in support of custom application deployment, or a full business application delivered as a service. Cloud Management is the crucial layer of software that adds application level services to SDDC services to create solutions for the business. Continue reading Software Defined Data Center Cloud Management
Dell has announced the acquisition of Enstratius which helps organizations manage applications across private, public and hybrid clouds, including automated application provisioning and scaling, application configuration management, usage governance, and cloud utilization monitoring.
One 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
VMworld 2012 is upon us and one of our tasks is to figure out which vendor’s booths to go see. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in finding creative new solutions to your management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list will help you.
Virtualization Management Categories Defined
Here are the definitions of the eight virtualization management categories profiled below:
- Application Performance Management (APM) – APM is about the end-to-end and hop-by-hop (across application tiers) measurement of response time and the diagnostics required to pinpoint degradations in response time (or flat out failed transactions) in the applications themselves or in the supporting infrastructure. APM tools come in two varieties. Developer focused tools help developers (or DevOps teams) support custom developed applications in production by quickly identifying and diagnosing application code problems in production. Operations focused tools support every application in the environment (custom developed and purchased), and focus their diagnostics more on infrastructure issues that are impacting application performance.
- Operations Management – Operations Management is a broad category of products that are used to support the day-to-day performance, capacity and configuration management tasks that face virtualization administrators. While all of these products support vSphere, some support other hypervisors as well.
- Infrastructure Performance Management – IPM is APM for the infrastructure. It is all about the end-to-end and hop-by-hop latency of the infrastructure in support of the workloads running on the infrastructure. The thesis of this category is that in a virtual environment you cannot infer the performance of the infrastructure from resource utilization metrics, you have to measure it directly and continuously.
- Automated Server and Image Management – This category has come into its own this year. The focus is upon allowing you to automatically manage what runs on your servers (physical, virtual or cloud), update them at scale, and keep them consistent. Think of this category as BladeLogic Version 2.0.
- Cloud Management – Cloud Management is about building clouds on your vSphere infrastructure, and extending those clouds to other hypervisors, as well as to public cloud infrastructures.
- Virtualization Security – Virtualization Security is about protecting the infrastructure, the systems software, the middleware, the applications, and all data from unauthorized use or attacks.
- Virtualization Backup and Data Protection – Backup and Data Protection ensure that your data is always available for you (and no on else), irrespective of what failures or disasters have occurred in or to your IT environment.
- Desktop Virtualization – Desktop Virtualization is about using virtualization as a catalyst to combine the benefits of user flexibility and centralized management.
Your VMworld 2012 Short List
We wish you safe travels to and from VMworld 2012 and a great show. The one certainty is that the virtualization and cloud landscapes will be different after VMware and all of the vendors in the ecosystem make their announcements next week. VMware’s new Software Defined Data Center strategy is going to usher in a set of changes as profound as those precipitated by virtualization itself – and that entire journey lies in front of us.
Big changes are afoot in the management software business. First Quest Software agrees to get acquired by a private equity firm – usually a sign that some cuts need to be made that would trash a company’s stock if it were publicly held. Then rumors crop up that Dell was going to acquire Quest which would certainly transform the virtualization management business as discussed in this post. Now comes news from Bloomberg, that the Dell/Quest deal is off, at least for the time being. So what is really going on here? Continue reading Virtualization and Cloud Management Upend the Traditional Management Software Business