Articles Tagged with Virtualization Management

Virtualization Performance Management – What If We Started Over?

Javier Soltero (the Founder of Hyperic) and now the CTO of the SaaS and Application Services Group at VMware just put up a very interesting post called The GreenField Enterprise, which is about “How would we do it if we could start over”.  While there are probably no enterprises that can actually start over from scratch this is an important analytical exercise to go through since it can identify the right way to go about things without having those decisions being encumbered by the legacy of what we have done before.

Javier’s post covers Infrastructure, Applications, Services, Security and Management. For the balance of this post we will focus upon the relationship between Infrastructure and Management of that Infrastructure. So first of all, what would our next generation infrastructure look like if we had a clean sheet of paper? We would like to propose that it would adhere to the following principles:

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Quest + Vizioncore + Surgient = A Virtualization Management Gorilla?

The acquisition of Surgient plus the imminent folding of Vizioncore into Quest itself (as opposed to Vizioncore being an “independent subsidiary”) puts Quest fully into the Virtualization Management fray. So we will shortly see the Surgient Private Cloud Management assets combined with the full Foglight Performance Management assets and the rest of the Vizioncore product suite into what will probably be the single most formidable third party virtualization management offering.

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Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – A Reference Architecture

In The ROI for Server Virtualization with Business Critical Applications, we showed an example of how the savings from server (specifically core) consolidation might not be as large when one is virtualizing business critical applications (where the physical servers were appropriately sized in the first place) is it is with tactical applications (where the one server per application resulted in massive over-provisioning). At the end of that analysis we also pointed out that the business critical case did not include the other “extra” products that would need to be a part of a business critical application virtualization project. This post proposes a reference architecture for the entire suite of solutions that will be required to virtualize business critical applications. We are going to build this example around VMware vSphere as VMware has the broadest level of third party support in terms of vendors who provide the solutions required to fulfill the requirements of the reference architecture.

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Is an Open Source Approach to Virtualization Management in VMware’s Future?

One of the most interesting aspects of analyzing a vendor’s product strategy is to look at how a vendor uses an existing position of strength to embark upon initiatives that attack and weaken a competitors existing position of strength. These attacks upon a competitor do not usually come in the form of a direct attack upon a revenue generating product with a similar “better” product, but rather most often take the form of attacking the very business model and revenue stream that sustains the current and future development, marketing and sales efforts for that product. In other words these attacks are designed to deprive the competing vendor of the oxygen (revenue) that is needed to sustain and improve the product in the marketplace. Some excellent recent examples of such attacks are:

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Controlling the Virtual Infrastruture

There is a great deal of marketing hype about which hypervisor is better but I have spent some thinking about this and really have to wonder if the hypervisor is what we should really be focusing or concentrating upon. A lot of third party vendors are starting to port their products to be able to work with both hypervisors.  To see a list of some of these products check out the post Growth of Citrix and Hyper-V EcoSystems. What about the management server itself? Isn’t this really the center of the virtual universe?  When third party application vendors design their applications to work with VMware or Microsoft hypervisors they have been writing plug-ins for their product to work inside the management server systems and/or its client.

I am not going to get into the discussion of which platform is better. This argument and debate has been going on for quite awhile and the fact of the matter is no one platform will be the best at everything.  This is why most large scale datacenters will have a mixture of Windows, Linux and possibly a mainframe or two. I believe the same thing will happen with the virtual infrastructure in that there will be no “one size fits all.” There are enough marketing comparisons posted everywhere on the internet that I find myself looking at another more interesting fact that currently no virtual management product out there will control and manage all the different types of hypervisors. So far what I had found is that SCVMM is able to control both Microsoft Virtual Systems as well as the VMware Infrastructure/vSphere and VirtManager is able to manage KVM and Xen.  

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CA Gets Serious about Virtualization Management and Performance

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.

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