In The ROI for Server Virtualization with Business Critical Applications, discussed how the ROI from virtualization of business critical applications will likely not be driven by server and core consolidation, but most likely rather from the benefits of more agile and cost effective management processes enabled by virtualization.
In Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – A Reference Architecture, we identified the main categories of virtualization management solutions that should be deployed in addition to a virtualization platform like VMware vSphere, specifically Security Management, Configuration Management, Service and Capacity Management, Provisioning and Lifecycle Management, and Backup and Recovery.
This post is about the vendors that provide the solutions the fulfill the requirements articulated in the Reference Architecture post. Since this post focuses upon the management solutions required for virtualizing the servers that host these applications, the vendors involved primarily in desktop virtualization and management are not included in this comparison. Continue reading Who’s Who in Virtualization Management