One of the themes of VMworld 2013 was “Virtualize Everything”. In other words, virtualize 100% of your x86-based applications. In fact Virtualize Everything was one of the “Three Imperatives for IT” that VMware made the major themes of the show (we will discuss the other two in subsequent posts).
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At the recent Misti Big Data Security conference many forms of securing big data were discussed from encrypting the entire big data pool to just encrypting the critical bits of data within the pool. On several of the talks there was general discussion on securing Hadoop as well as access to the pool of data. These security measures include RBAC, encryption of data in motion between hadoop nodes as well as tokenization or encryption on ingest of data. What was missing was greater control of who can access specific data once that data was in the pool. How could role based access controls by datum be put into effect? Is such protection too expensive given the time critical nature of analytics or are there other ways to implement datum security?
Most of the private clouds that have been implemented to date have focused upon transient workloads like development, QA, load testing, pilot, pre-production, and training. Private clouds are great for these use cases because private clouds automate the process of creating and tearing down these transient environments as is needed. However, production business critical applications are not transient and most do not need to scale up and down with demand. This creates an entirely different set of requirements for putting these business critical applications in private clouds.
VMware has published a fascinating white paper which goes through the resource requirements, performance requirements, suggested configurations, performance comparison between physical and virtual environments and whether or not there are licensing issues for various business critical applications.
The VMware Virtualizing Business Critical Apps White Paper
You can access the VMware Virtualizing Business Critical App White Paper Here.
VMware has also published a list of worldwide partners who have specific domain expertise in virtualizing business critical applications. That matrix is below.
More information on virtualizing business critical applications can be found at Blogs.VMware/Apps/
Having successfully virtualized all of the low hanging fruit in its customer base, VMware has now put a serious focus upon virtualizing business critical and performance critical applications. That focus includes not just highlighting progress to date, but also working with partners who have specific domain expertise is specific applications.
We at The Virtualization Practice, LLC have migrated our business critical applications to the cloud. How simple was that task? It was not as easy as we have heard from others, and not as difficult as some have had, but it was not as simple as move my VM and run. Why is this? What are the methods available to move to the cloud? How do they stack up to what actually happens. Theory is all well and good, and I have read plenty of those architectures, but when the shoe leather hits the cloud where are we? Here is a short history, a comparison of methods, and some conclusions that can be drawn from our migration to the cloud.
The most frequently encountered barrier to virtualizing business critical applications is a “concern” on the part of the application owners that the applications will “not run as well”, or “not perform as well” in a shared and dynamic virtual environment as it does in a dedicated physical environment. Depending upon who has what political power, these concerns can stop the project to virtualize these applications dead in its tracks.