So what is the difference between virtualization and cloud computing, and why should you care. If you have virtualization, do you have cloud computing? If you have virtualization do you need cloud computing? How is the ROI for cloud computing different or better than the ROI for cloud computing? Does cloud computing help me compete with Amazon EC2? Does Cloud Computing help me virtualization business critical applications? How does cloud computing fit into VMware’s automated IT Operations vision? These important questions, and the answers to them will determine how Cloud Management does as a category in 2012 and beyond. Continue reading The 2012 Cloud Management Challenge
With VMworld 2011 around the corner whose booth’s should you visit? Well if you are an enterprise who is contemplating or planning to put in a Private Cloud (also known as IT as a Service) then selecting the right management tool with which to build and manage your Private Cloud should be at or near the top of your mind. VMware clearly agrees as they have announced and delivered vCloud Director specifically to meet this need, and have also made significant enhancements to the vSphere 5 product line in order to position vSphere 5 as a “Private Cloud Suite”. So after you go see vCloud Director, what else should you go see? Continue reading Your VMworld 2011 Enterprise Private Cloud and IT as a Service Short List
So you are a loyal VMware customer. You have licenses for vSphere 4 and you are about 40% virtualized. Based upon the revised vRAM entitlements in the revised vSphere 5 licensing, you think you are going to be OK as you progress through the more demanding business critical purchased and custom developed applications that lie in front of you. Continue reading vSphere 5 Licensing – The Role of Cross Platform Management Tools and the Hotlink SuperVISOR
DRS is one of the most useful and interesting features of VMware vSphere (to be more specific – feature of versions of vSphere from Enterprise on up). DRS is useful because it prevents workloads (VM’s) that are consuming more than the expected amount of resources, from potentially harming the performance of their neighbors in the same host with this “excess” resource consumption. DRS is interesting because the idea of dynamically balancing the load of a system in order to ensure the performance of the critical workloads running on that system is something that was taken for granted in the days of the mainframe, but has not as yet been well implemented on distributed Intel architecture systems. Continue reading Replacing DRS – With What and Why?
In VMware and the Ionix Assets – A Deeper Look, we took a fairly in depth look at the four products that VMware bought from EMC, and posited that VMware was now well on its way to fulfilling its promised intentions of becoming a vendor of a management stack for virtualization. In this article we take a look at the impact of these acquisitions upon the virtualization management market and the ecosystem of solutions available in this market. Continue reading VMware + Ionix Assets – Impact Upon the Virtualization Management Market
Many enterprises have found that as long as proper principles are used in the design of the virtualization platform that management of most of the applications that have been virtualized to date, can easily be accomplished by having the VMware administrator leverage the ever growing feature set of VMware vCenter Server (formerly known a Virtual Center). It is true the the feature set of the VMware platform (everything in blue below) combined with Virtual Center is the market leading virtualization platform from the perspectives of market share, functionality, and scale/performance. Continue reading Virtualization Management is Heating Up