At VMworld 2013, one of the three imperatives for IT was to “Replace Management with Automation”. This builds upon some things that VMware has been doing for quite some time, and restarts an initiative that was first kicked off by Paul Maritz a few years ago. One the one hand VMware has been replacing manual management with automation for quite some time. On the other hand, VMware has talked about automated problem resolution in the past but never delivered. All of this inevitably leads to the notion of automated service assurance.
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What exactly is the point of monitoring your infrastructure and your applications? Hopefully your answer to that question is not to just ensure that your network latency is low, that your servers are up, and that you are not about to run out of memory on a server, or hard disk space on an array. Hopefully your answer is that the end goal of monitoring your environment and your applications is to ensure that the applications that comprise your critical business services (to your internal and external constituents) are performing within the expectations of those constituents.
In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we detailed the strategy the VMware announced at VMworld Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. The cornerstone of that strategy was to open up a new ROI for virtualization. This new ROI is based upon OPEX savings that come from automating IT Operations, in contrast to the CAPEX savings that come the server consolidation that has fueled the virtualization industry so far.
VMware has made it known for quite some time that virtualization, private clouds (IT as a Service), hybrid clouds, and public clouds will create the need for a new management stack, and that VMware intends to be an aggressive supplier of such a new management stack. However, what VMware has never before said is precisely what would be different about this new management stack (other than it explicitly supporting vSphere) than all of the other management stacks that have existed for all of the other computing platforms in the world.
Up until now, leading edge virtualization management and virtualization performance management solutions have come from either VMware its self or from the mostly start-up based VMware ecosystem. Key vendors in the start-up ecosystem who have focused upon VMware and have gained early traction with customers include Akorri, ApDynamics, BlueStripe, Hyper9, New Relic, Vizioncore, Virtual Instruments, and Xangati.