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VMworld 2013 Wrap Up – The Software Defined Data Center

DataCenterVirtualizationAt the US VMworld 2013 conference, VMware did an excellent job of explaining how network virtualization and storage virtualization were going to work. Adding network virtualization and storage virtualization to the existing virtualization of compute (CPU and memory) along with API’s and policies to manage the whole thing is what creates a software defined data center. Continue reading VMworld 2013 Wrap Up – The Software Defined Data Center

Testing within the Virtual Environment

DataCenterVirtualizationThere has long been a debate about testing products within a virtual environment. Not just on how, but the why as well as the what to test. There are limits in some EULA’s as well on the reporting of such testing.  This was the subject of the 7/25 Virtualization Security Podcast (#112 – Virtualization Security Roundtable) held Live from NSS Labs in Austin, TX.  Where we delved into the issues of testing within a virtual environment. While the discussion was about security products, it is fairly straight forward to apply the concepts to other products within the virtual environment. Continue reading Testing within the Virtual Environment

Best of Breed SDDC Management Stack

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureVMware will be the first vendor to deliver a Software Defined Data Center and a management stack for that data center. But if you want to, you can choose to build your own management stack for your SDDC out of products from vendors that specialize in one of the areas in our reference architecture. This would result in a Best of Breed SDDC Management Stack. Continue reading Best of Breed SDDC Management Stack

Public Cloud Use Cases

CloudComputingThere are different public cloud use cases. Here at The Virtualization Practice we moved our datacenter from the north to the south part of the country and utilized the cloud to host the workloads during the transition.  Edward Haletky, yesterday posted about Evaluating the Cloud: Keeping your Cloud Presence and presented the question and his thoughts of is it worth staying in the cloud or bringing the data home. Continue reading Public Cloud Use Cases

Evaluating the Cloud: Keeping your Cloud Presence

CloudComputingAs you know we have a cloud presence; we have had one for several months. Now we are evaluating the cloud to determine whether to maintain that cloud presence or move back to our local data center. We also documented some early teething problems within this cloud presence.  What should be our evaluation the cloud criteria? Now that our data center is moved and fully functional, should we keep our cloud presence? Continue reading Evaluating the Cloud: Keeping your Cloud Presence

Automation Weaknesses

DataCenterVirtualizationOver the last few weeks I have been struggling with automating deployment and testing of virtual desktops for my own edification. This struggle has pointed out automation weaknesses which need to be addressed for automation and the software defined data center to succeed and to not only be deployed from software, but also to be self-healing and all the great things we associate with SDDC, SDN, etc. But current automation has some serious flaws and weaknesses. In essence, in order to automate something you must have a well known exact image from which to work. Continue reading Automation Weaknesses