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.

Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Buy

Dell_Circle_100x30In “Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?” posted almost a year ago, we explored how Dell might combine the product assets that it has licensed from DynamicOps (sold by Dell as VIC Creator – see the product review here). The basic idea was the monitoring of the virtualized environment would be combined with the ability of VIS Creator to dynamically provision services so that dynamically provisioned services could be offered with performance and availability assurances. The idea that Dell could bring the entire portfolio of Quest assets to bear fundamentally transforms both the notion of automated service assurance of dynamically provisioned services, and the entire systems management business. Continue reading Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Buy

What is your Definition of a Successful Implementation?

green_checkHow do we measure success? This seems like it should be an easy question to answer but is it? Success itself is a dynamic variable that can be defined in several different ways from a promotion or even recognition from your peers. Now what about a successful cloud implementation or implementation in general? How would you define success? The true definition of implementing is to fulfill; perform; carry out: or to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure. How do we apply this definition? Continue reading What is your Definition of a Successful Implementation?

News: Virtualizing the Last Mile

OpenStack LogoThere is a class of applications that are extremely difficult to virtualize. This group consists of graphics intensive applications such as ProEngineer, Photoshop, and pretty much anything that requires a  Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to perform well. Graphics intensive applications make up a list of applications that are usually too big or expensive to virtualize. The last mile so to speak. This is NO longer the case. With NVIDIA’s announcement of the NVIDIA VGX Cloud Platform. This and other classes of applications can now be virtualized. Continue reading News: Virtualizing the Last Mile

Multi-Tenancy: Who is the Tenant?

VirtualizationSecurityThere seems to be a myriad of definitions of who is a tenant when it comes to secure multi-tenancy. This debate has occurred not only within The Virtualization Practice as well as at recent Interop and Symantec Vision conferences I attended. So who really is the tenant within a multi-tenant environment? It appears multiple definitions exist and if we cannot define Tenant, then how do you build secure applications that claim to be multi-tenant? Continue reading Multi-Tenancy: Who is the Tenant?

The Real-Time Big Data vSphere Management Problem

Virtualization ManagementA very interesting thing happens as your vSphere environment scales up. That every interesting thing is that the larger your environment gets, the more frequently you need data about its performance, capacity and configuration state. This is simply because the more things that there are in the environment, the more likely it is that something is wrong with one of them at any moment in time. Continue reading The Real-Time Big Data vSphere Management Problem

A Call To Action With One Voice – Cross Hypervisor Management

DataCenterVirtualizationSince Microsoft released the public beta of Windows Server 8 with the new release of Hyper-V 3, I have been focusing some of my posts and thoughts on Hyper-V and have been really surprised at the amount of comments I have received. Take a look here, here and here to see the comments for yourself. Lines have been drawn and sides have been taken, which makes for quite a “spirited” debate. Continue reading A Call To Action With One Voice – Cross Hypervisor Management