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.

Cloudyn Addresses the Economics of Public Cloud Computing

The good news about public cloud computing is that if you use it a little bit, or only on an intermittent basis, it is really cheap. The bad news is that if that casual use scales up to full time production use, public cloud computing can get really expensive in a hurry. This is especially a problem when people other than IT Operations sign up for the public cloud services – for example people who own and build applications in business units. Applications owners and developers do not have the cost minimization DNA that is very prevalent in IT Operations these days. Continue reading Cloudyn Addresses the Economics of Public Cloud Computing

Virtualization Certification: What Options are Available?

I mentioned in another post that there is a big push for the current VMware VCP4’s to prepare to take the VCP5 exam by the end of February when the grace period for not having to take a class is over.  I did leave out one other great resource that is worth mentioning. Cody Bunch hosts the BrownBags on Wednesday nights.  The sessions have been focusing on the VCP5 exam blueprint and this week’s guest was Jason Boche (VCDX #34) and he did a great job, as always,  presenting the information on virtual machines and giving the rest of us extreme home lab envy. After the VCP roadmap is the finished the BrownBags will continue with the VCAP blueprint with the idea of working for the VCDX.  If you are interested in another way to study and learn from some well established people in the industry sign up and check things out. Continue reading Virtualization Certification: What Options are Available?

News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

What exactly is the point of monitoring your infrastructure and your applications? Hopefully your answer to that question is not to just ensure that your network latency is low, that your servers are up, and that you are not about to run out of memory on a server, or hard disk space on an array. Hopefully your answer is that the end goal of monitoring your environment and your applications is to ensure that the applications that comprise your critical business services (to your internal and external constituents) are performing within the expectations of those  constituents. Continue reading News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

Who’s Who in Application Performance Management for Virtualization and the Cloud

An updated version of this post can be found here.

In “Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Environments” we compared the different approaches to implementing APM for applications residing in virtualized and cloud based environments.  In this post we take a deeper look at the key vendors in the space, and compare their offerings. The purpose of this deeper look is to help you decide which ones to put on your short list for further evaluation.

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Looking at vCenter Past and Present

I mentioned in my last post that I have started the process of preparing for my VCP5 exam that I need to have finished by the end of February.  While I was watching the Trainsignal training video about installing and configuring vCenter, I got to thinking about how much vCenter had changed and matured over the years. Let’s start with a look at where vCenter started and where it is today. Continue reading Looking at vCenter Past and Present

News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

VMware has announced that it has delivered vCenter Operations Suite 5.0. This is a significant step forward for the management of virtualized environments because it consolidates many of the functions traditionally into a suite that is least somewhat integrated (and becoming more integrated over time). The key thing that VMware is bringing to the table is the integration of resource based performance management resource based capacity management, configuration management, and a brand new vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN).  Continue reading News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available