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.

News: Virsto introduces new virtual storage options for VMware and Hyper-V

The virtual storage market is hotting up with Virsto Stoftware’s announcement of two new products for release Tuesday, January 17th.

Following on from its June 2011 acquisition of EvoStor and building on its existing Virsto for VDI platform, Silicon Valley-based Virsto Software has made good on its investment by announcing the release of Virsto for vSphere. Continue reading News: Virsto introduces new virtual storage options for VMware and Hyper-V

Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Envionments

One of the important questions that we should all frequently ask ourselves is, “How will virtualization and cloud computing be different this year and next year than they have been in the past”? One of the answers to those questions involves the kinds of applications that you are virtualizing, and/or putting in clouds (public or private). The short version of the answer is that the applications that are left to virtualize, are for the most part, very different from the applications that have been virtualized to date. Continue reading Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Envionments

New Year and New Exam – Prepping for the VCP5

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012 and as is customary this time of year, I would like to start things out in 2012 with a New Year’s Resolution.  My resolution this year is to take the VMware VCP5 exam before the class requirement grace period comes to an end for all of us VCP4s.  When I see that someone has made a post that they passed an exam that I need to take, I have a question that immediately comes to my mind. What did you use as your reference and study material?  Since the clock is ticking for a lot of us to complete the exam, I wanted to share some of the resources that I will be using and hopefully if you have something else that you use, please comment and share your secrets. Continue reading New Year and New Exam – Prepping for the VCP5

Data Protection: Implement before you Need It

Data Protection techniques should be implemented and tested long before they are needed. This is a necessary component of any IT organization. However, the most recent VMware communities podcast brought to light several implementation aspects of Data Protection, specifically about Disaster Recovery: organizations still do not test their DR plans and organizations are waiting for a hardware refresh to implement a DR plan.

The first issue is about services that are too important to fail, and the other is about planning. However, what they both boil down to is dollars and the Fear that either loss of money, or that data protection is too expensive to implement properly without the latest hardware. In both cases, it is a political debate. Continue reading Data Protection: Implement before you Need It

Are we going to see real progress in IT Automation and Service Assurance in 2012?

In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we detailed the strategy the VMware announced at VMworld Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. The cornerstone of that strategy was to open up a new ROI for virtualization. This new ROI is based upon OPEX savings that come from automating IT Operations, in contrast to the CAPEX savings that come the server consolidation that has fueled the virtualization industry so far. Continue reading Are we going to see real progress in IT Automation and Service Assurance in 2012?

The 2012 Cloud Management Challenge

So what is the difference between virtualization and cloud computing, and why should you care. If you have virtualization, do you have cloud computing? If you have virtualization do you need cloud computing? How is the ROI for cloud computing different or better than the ROI for cloud computing? Does cloud computing help me compete with Amazon EC2? Does Cloud Computing help me virtualization business critical applications? How does cloud computing fit into VMware’s automated IT Operations vision? These important questions, and the answers to them will determine how Cloud Management does as a category in 2012 and beyond. Continue reading The 2012 Cloud Management Challenge