In VMware and the Ionix Assets – A Deeper Look, we took a fairly in depth look at the four products that VMware bought from EMC, and posited that VMware was now well on its way to fulfilling its promised intentions of becoming a vendor of a management stack for virtualization. In this article we take a look at the impact of these acquisitions upon the virtualization management market and the ecosystem of solutions available in this market.
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I had an interesting conversation with Vizioncore yesterday about how backup is not as much a decision about what software to use but what process to use. In addition, this process needs to be considered and thought about from the very beginning of your virtualization architecture design process. With the quantity of virtual machines being used today by the SMB and Enterprise customers, the backup window has grown to nearly an all day event. What you say? An all day event! My backups happen with the window I set.
However, if your virtual machine quantity is sufficiently high you may indeed take all day to make a backup of all your VMs. VM sprawl makes this worse, but that is another subject. Virtualization Backups happen using three basic technologies, but each have their own issues with respect to the architecture and design to be created for your virtual environment. These technologies are:
- Backup from Within the VM using traditional backup agents and tools
As VMware 3.x took the enterprise virtualization market by storm in 2008, following by the successful introduction of VMware vSphere 4.0 in 2009, many enterprises discovered the managing the utilization of the key resources on their virtualized systems had some unique challenges associated with it – especially when this problem was compared with resource management on physical servers. VMware early on took a significant step towards solving this problem by collecting a rich set of resource utilization data from its hypervisor and making this data available via the Virtual Center (now vCenter Server) API’s. Many new and established vendors in the resource management business built integration with the VMware API’s.
When you think of backup security, many people think of ensuring tapes are off-site or even encryption on media, but what is really required for backup security? There is quite a bit going on when someone performs a backup within the virtual environment, so where does security begin and end for making a single or multiple backups?
Every vendor of a virtualization platform (VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat) also offers at least one and in some cases a suite of virtualization management tools. VMware and Red Hat only support their own platforms in their tools. Microsoft offers limited support for VMWare in System Center Virtual Machine Manager, primarily with the intent of making it easy to migrate a VMware VM from the VMware platform to the Microsoft Hyper-V platfrom. Citrix supports both its own Xen platform and the Microsoft Hyper-V platform in its Essentials product.
When VMware bought SpringSource they got three things:
- Development Tools
- Java application frameworks (runtime infrastructure for Java based applications)
- Performance and Availability management tools that came as a result of SpringSource buying the assets of Hyperic earlier this year
Now that VMware owns Hyperic, it owns a monitoring solution that focuses upon the availability and resource utilization of servers, both physical and virtual. This puts VMware in the position to compete directly with third party vendors that have had this space largely to themselves, and will force these vendors to focus on new positioning and new differentiation in order to be competitive.