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
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.
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. Continue reading Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – Managing Applications Performance→
When VMware announced vCenter Operations, it combined performance management, capacity management, configuration management with self-learning analytics into one product (right now this is achieved by bundling three VMware products, vC OPS, vC CapacityIQ, and vC Configuration Manger, but integration over time will likely reduce three databases and three consoles into one). VMware now joins the ranks of many vendors who can monitor virtual (and through integration adapters – physical) environments, and who provide performance and capacity management features. Continue reading Applications Performance Equals Response Time, not Resource Utilization→