At VMworld Europe, VMware has announced significant changes to the packaging the pricing of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. The highlight is a new edition of vC OPS, Foundation, which is free with every edition of vSphere. Continue reading VMware Re-Packages and Re-Prices the vCenter Operations Management Suite
One of the questions that have been extensively debated in the cloud management software industry is whether VMware would focus upon managing “its silo” (vSphere) and leave enterprise management and its complexity to other vendors (both large and small), or whether VMware would choose to try to become an enterprise cloud management software vendor themselves. That question has now been answered – at least in terms of VMware’s intentions. Continue reading VMware comes of Age as a Cloud Management Software Vendor
Infrastructure Performance Management is about measuring the performance of an infrastructure by measuring the end-to-end latency for the requests that workloads placed upon that infrastructure. At VMworld Europe, both VMware and Quest joined the Infrastructure Performance Management party. Continue reading VMware and Quest Join the Infrastructure Performance Management Party
In this GigaOm article, Steve Herrod, the CTO of VMware, explained, “Software defined data centers are “generation-proof.” They collapse disparate systems into a singularity built atop commodity x86 processors and other gear. Software provides everything that is needed to adapt the data center to new situations and new applications, and to manage everything from storage to switches to security. Although VMware will always work with hardware partners, Herrod said, “If you’re a company building very specialized hardware … you’re probably not going to love this message.” Continue reading The Software Defined Data Center and VDI
When enterprises consider putting business-critical workloads in public clouds, many of them overlook, at least in part, critical issues of economics and over what portion of their cloud software stack the cloud vendor has full control. This leads to a situation where sometimes relatively inexpensive offerings where the vendor has full control of their software stack (like Amazon EC2) are improperly compared to an offering from a vendor like Savvis or Terramark who is building a cloud out of either VMware-provided components or OpenStack components. This gives rise to important issues that drive both the cost of the respective offerings and the degree to which the cloud vendor can both enhance the offerings with rapid agility and quickly address service level issues. Continue reading Public Cloud Computing – Economics and Throats to Choke
At VMworld 2012, VMware announced the vCloud Suite, two editions of which (Advanced and Enterprise) include vCenter Operations. VMware has therefore now signaled that monitoring at the operations level is just a feature of a larger suite. Prior to VMworld, VMware also announced that it had acquired the Log Insight technology and team from Pattern Insight. While nothing was said at VMworld about the future integration of Log Insight into vCenter Operations, one has to make the reasonable assumption that this will occur. VMware also said nothing about integrating its APM solution (vFabric APM) into the suites, but we have to also make reasonable assumptions that this is a matter of when and not if. Now ExtraHop Networks and Splunk have partnered to create an entirely different kind of suite.