Data Center Virtualization

Data Center Virtualization covers virtualizing servers, networks, and storage delivering server consolidation, CAPEX savings, IT agility, and improved management. Major areas of focus include the tradeoffs between various virtualization platforms (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Red Hat KVM), the evolution of hypervisors into data center management platforms, (Read More)

VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy, and how the SDDC is spurring innovation in storage, networking and server hardware. Covered vendors indlude VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, CloudPhysics, Hotlink, Tintri, and VMTurbo.

Does Your Hardware Keep Up With Technology?

DataCenterVirtualizationDoes your hardware keep up with technology? Technology advancements have been and are moving at an incredible pace with new and exciting features getting added with each new release or update of a product.  Unfortunately, technology can outpace are physical hardware which can leave us in a true troubleshooting nightmare.  There is one specific example that I have seen a few times and is worth sharing.    Continue reading Does Your Hardware Keep Up With Technology?

IT Automation: Where Is the Center?

ITasaServiceWhere is the center of IT Automation today? The network is the nerve center, the workloads are the brains, and the normal storage, compute, and memory are the other internal organs. The heart of our IT machine is often a management tool such as VMware vCenter, System Center, or something else entirely, but should our IT automation live within the heart when the heart only controls virtual and some physical components, or should IT automation be tied to the nervous system that crosses boundaries?
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Building a Management Stack for Your Software-Defined Data Center

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureData Center Virtualization has spawned several entirely new categories and variants of management software. This is largely because data center virtualization alone was a large enough change to create new requirements that legacy management products could not meet. This created a new constituency for management solutions—the virtualization team—which proceeded to purchase management solutions that met their needs. This trend was facilitated by the “easy to try and easy to buy” business model that many of the new vendors of virtualization management solutions adopted. Out of this a new management software industry arose. Continue reading Building a Management Stack for Your Software-Defined Data Center

Are Things Becoming too Automated?

DataCenterVirtualizationAre things becoming too automated? That is a question I cannot believe I am asking. I have spent most of my virtual career creating automated processes from my virtual environments. I spent a great deal of time creating a “toolbox” of scripts to perform almost all of the tasks that I found myself needing to do in an automated fashion. A lot of my peers and I were all creating automated build and automated configuration of our environments from the very beginning and now are seeing a great deal of the automation that we created in one way or another being added to the product suite. Is that a bad thing? No, on the contrary, this shows the active deployment of the technology and gives us insight to the direction the technology may follow. Continue reading Are Things Becoming too Automated?

Virsto: Software Defined Data Center: Tip of the Iceberg

CloudComputingVMware buying Virsto is a big move and after considerable discussion a logical step for VMware in many technical areas as well. We previously mentioned that Virsto would add to VMware’s existing in Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), but there is more to this than just SDDC, which I believe is the end goal. Getting there absolutely requires a storage abstraction layer. So what does VMware gain other than SDDC with Virsto. Continue reading Virsto: Software Defined Data Center: Tip of the Iceberg

News: VMware to Acquire Virsto

DataCenterVirtualizationVMware has announced that they have entered in a definitive agreement to acquire Virsto, a vendor who offers a “storage hypervisor” for virtualized environments. This is likely to factor significantly into VMware’s SDDC strategies. Continue reading News: VMware to Acquire Virsto