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.

Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

The infrastructure monitoring, application monitoring, cloud management and image provision sectors of the virtualization management space have been going through an extremely rapid evolution in the last few months. This makes it useful to take a look at these four aspects of virtualization management (leaving out security and data protection) in the context of each other. Continue reading Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

Get ready for the Windows Mainframe

In today’s cloud-centric, virtual everything world it’s easy to forget that the mainframe still dominates enterprise IT. So when IBM announced zEnterprise in July 2010 its potential as a virtualization platform may have been overlooked. Now however it may be time to look again. Continue reading Get ready for the Windows Mainframe

News: Quest Software acquires vKernel

Quest Software has announced that they are buying VKernel. Now this is very interesting as Quest is the vendor of the market leading monitoring solution for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V (vFoglight), and VKernel is a leader in resource constraint based performance and capacity management for these two virtualization platforms. Now you ask, exactly what is the difference between monitoring vSphere (vFoglight), and doing constraint based performance and capacity management for vSphere (VKernel)? Continue reading News: Quest Software acquires vKernel

CA Starts the Race To Self-Destruction Among the “Big Four” in Virtualization Management

One of the most interesting things about watching a virtualization project is to watch what happens to the management agents and products that are used to monitor and manage the physical servers as they become virtual servers. As VMware does an excellent job of making available via it vCenter API’s all of the data the traditional management products collect either via agents or over the wire via protocols like WMI, most virtualization project leaders and administrators choose to uninstall legacy management solutions as a part of the process of virtualizing servers. Continue reading CA Starts the Race To Self-Destruction Among the “Big Four” in Virtualization Management

The Campaign to Bring Back the VMTN Subscription

I am not sure how other people have learned their craft and mastered the technology they support, but for me, the learning started after the books ended.  I have learned so much more from breaking something and having to find the fix than I ever did from reading a book.  Back in the day around 2005, VMware released The VMTN Subscription.  This was an amazing program that was something like the Microsoft MSDN subscription.  These programs gave you the ability to run any of the core software packages for a year at a time for a subscription fee. This gives us, the administrators, the ability to “learn by breaking” for a time frame longer than the sixty day trial period. The good times came to an end in 2007 when VMware announced that they were canceling the VMTN subscription moving forward. If you have any current thoughts or dreams of pursuing your VCP, VCAP and or VCDX, then sixty days is not near enough time to achieve your goals.  Following the lead of Mike Laverick’s call to action, to “Bring back the VMTN Subscription Please” I wanted to stress my point of view that this program was one of the best ways for VMware to expand their technology and work with the people, in the trenches, that are supporting and expanding the virtualization footprint at their respective companies. Continue reading The Campaign to Bring Back the VMTN Subscription

The Rise of Application Operations and the Role for Next Generation APM Solutions

In, “Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations“, we proposed the IT Operations be reorganized into “Virtual Operations”, where all of the teams that were responsible for resources supporting Virtual Operations (System Engineering, Servers, LAN’s, WAN’s, SAN and Storage) all reported to one person who was responsible for ensuring the delivery of viable virtual environment. In the same post, we proposed that how applications are supported in production, get reorganized into “Application Operations” where there would be one team responsible for the operation of all applications (purchased and custom developed). Continue reading The Rise of Application Operations and the Role for Next Generation APM Solutions