Virtualization Backup

Virtualization Backup focuses upon data backup, recovery and protection in virtualized and cloud environments. Data protection is no longer the realm of just backup but is about recovery while maintaining business continuity. The recovery of data is important. (Read More)

Backup, Data Protection, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Continuous Data Protection are all covered as they pertain to virtualized and cloud environments; the passing of data between environment; and the increasing scale of data to be protected in shorter periods of time. Virtualization Backup looks at how applications and data interact to allow for speedier recovers with less data loss while making use of onsite and cloud based technologies.

VMworld 2012: VMware Launches vCloud Director 5.1

VMworld2012150x27As a key part of the new vCloud Suite, vCloud Director 5.1 gets a bunch of new features, and takes on a new role. The new role is that vCD is built into the suite, and is the layer where the cross-cluster capabilities are implemented. Therefore vCD becomes much less of a Cloud Management solution, and much more of a key part of the platform which implements Virtual Data Centers (VDC’s) for customers.

New vCloud Director Functionality

vCloud Director is where a significant part of the new functionality in the vCloud Suite is implemented. The most important features are VXLAN which allows for the creation of Virtual Data Centers that span clusters. VXLAN allows allows for the vMotion of a VM and its associated storage from one cluster to another.

vCloud Director 5.1 (Click to Enlarge)

vCloud Director 5.1 Enhanced Networking and Security Features

vCloud Director 5.1 is also where some dramatically enhanced networking and security features are implemented. Many of the vShield security components which one used to have to purchase separately are now included in vVD.

The depth of the new networking functionality is not to be underestimated. It is clear that VMware embarked upon the Software Defined Networking path long before they acquire Nicira. Some other important details include:

  • Integrated Profile Driven Storage
  • Integrated Storage DRS
  • Integrated Snapshot and Revert
  • The aforementioned integration of VXLAN
  • The ability for VDC’s to span clusters
  • The bundling of the vShield Security components

Summary

vCloud Director contains many of the features that make the vCloud Suite compelling. This will likely force (or entice) many VMware customers and prospects to adopt vCD which will simply then serve to justify the price for the entire vCloud Suite.

VMworld 2012: VMware Launches the vCloud Suite

VMworld2012150x27Today at VMworld 2012 inSan Francisco, VMware announced a new integrated bundle of functionality, the vCloud Suite 5.1. This new bundle represents a significant re-packaging of the VMware product line – and coupled with new pricing lays down the gauntlet for the virtualization platform industry and its supporting ecosystem.

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Your VMworld 2012 Virtualization Management Sponsors and Exhibitors Short List

VMworld2012150x27VMworld 2012 is upon us and one of our tasks is to figure out which vendor’s booths to go see. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in finding creative new solutions to your management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list will help you.

Virtualization Management Categories Defined

Here are the definitions of the eight virtualization management categories profiled below:

  • Application Performance Management (APM) – APM is about the end-to-end and hop-by-hop (across application tiers) measurement of response time and the diagnostics required to pinpoint degradations in response time (or flat out failed transactions) in the applications themselves or in the supporting infrastructure. APM tools come in two varieties. Developer focused tools help developers (or DevOps teams) support custom developed applications in production by quickly identifying and diagnosing application code problems in production. Operations focused tools  support every application in the environment (custom developed and purchased), and focus their diagnostics more on infrastructure issues that are impacting application performance.
  • Operations Management – Operations Management is a broad category of products that are used to support the day-to-day performance, capacity and configuration management tasks that face virtualization administrators. While all of these products support vSphere, some support other hypervisors as well.
  • Infrastructure Performance Management – IPM is APM for the infrastructure. It is all about the end-to-end and hop-by-hop latency of the infrastructure in support of the workloads running on the infrastructure. The thesis of this category is that in a virtual environment you cannot infer the performance of the infrastructure from resource utilization metrics, you have to measure it directly and continuously.
  • Automated Server and Image Management – This category has come into its own this year. The focus is upon allowing you to automatically manage what runs on your servers (physical, virtual or cloud), update them at scale, and keep them consistent. Think of this category as BladeLogic Version 2.0.
  • Cloud Management – Cloud Management is about building clouds on your vSphere infrastructure, and extending those clouds to other hypervisors, as well as to public cloud infrastructures.
  • Virtualization Security – Virtualization Security is about protecting the infrastructure, the systems software, the middleware, the applications, and all data from unauthorized use or attacks.
  • Virtualization Backup and Data Protection – Backup and Data Protection ensure that your data is always available for you (and no on else), irrespective of what failures or disasters have occurred in or to your IT environment.
  • Desktop Virtualization – Desktop Virtualization is about using virtualization as a catalyst to combine the benefits of user flexibility and centralized management.

Your VMworld 2012 Short List

VendorProductCategoryWhat Makes Them SpecialNew at VMworld 2012Booth #
Application Performance Management
AternityFrontline Performance Intelligence PlatformApplication Performance ManagementProvides a unified view of end user experience management across physical, virtual, and mobile environmentsManagement of View end user experience through the correlation of PC-over-IP® (PCoIP®) latency with the actual business transaction response times and the VM image’s health.329
ExtraHop NetworksApplication Delivery Assurance
System
Application Performance ManagementPerformance Management of every application in the environment across virtual and physical tiers with no agentsUser application performance geo-mapping, solution bundles, and flex grids for virtualization management. Subscription pricing for virtual appliances.2335
New RelicRPMApplication Performance ManagementSaaS delivered APM for Java, .NET, Ruby, PHP and Python applications529
VMwarevFabric APMApplication Performance ManagementSupport for every application through a virtual appliance on a mirror port, and support for deep dive Java diagnostics via a Java agent
 Operations Management
Astute NetworksViSXOperations ManagementSimple to deploy network attached Flash Storage optimized for VMware and deployable by the VMWare AdminstratorViSX G4 High-Performance VM Storage Appliance435
CirbaCirbaOperations ManagementSophisticated predictive analytics for controlling capacity, resource allocations and placements.623
CloudPhysicsCloudPhysicsOperations ManagementThe CloudPhysics platform helps you make the best decisions in the face of continual change. We make the invisible visible – revealing otherwise hidden structures and relationships in your datacenter.Launch of the CloudPhysics service.Fusion-io 2201
HotlinkSuperVISOROperations ManagementExtends VMware vCenter to fully manage Hyper-V, KVM, XenServer, CouldStack and Amazon EC2 – no additional console required.Management of EC2 and CloudStack from VMware vCenter2422
Intigua IntiguaOperations ManagementVirtualizes your Management Agents so that their impact is minimized and so that they are easily managed at scale428
ManageEngine IT360Operations ManagementAgentless monitoring for applications and servers along with single pane of glass view across physical, virtual and cloud IT infrastructure.Privileged password management for VMware vSphere, capacity planning reports and automated resource optimization for virtualization software.2340
PHD Virtual Virtual MonitorOperations ManagementEnd to end virtual infrastructure monitoring for vSphere and XenServer & XenDesktop environments.314
Reflex SystemsVirtualization Management CenterOperations ManagementReal-time, streaming data analysis including customizable analytics, charts and graphs that give enterprises extremely granular visibility and pure data fidelity for managing virtual infrastructure. Reflex and ExtraHop partner to drive IT automation in virtualized datacenters and cloud infrastructure by delivering integrated infrastructure and application context to performance management.517
SplunkSplunk App for VMwareOperations ManagementUnlock the value of vSphere data and get granular performance management and analysis, as well as security reporting and monitoring, complete operational visibility and capacity analytics.The new Splunk App for VMware 1909
VKernelvOps ManagerOperations ManagementProvides control over virtual environments and cloud deployments with analytics, advice and automationPerformance impact modeling for environment changes, Automated environment change implementation, VM issue diagnosis screen for all problems affecting a VM, VMware vCloud Director integration607
VMTurboOperations ManagerOperations ManagementAbility to guarantee resource allocations based upon workload priorities

Integrated configuration management with OpenStack

2222

VMwarevCenter OperationsOperations ManagementAutomated operations management solution with self-learning analytics, application awareness and integrated performance, capacity and configuration management for virtual and cloud infrastructure.Full transaction tracing and Closed loop integration from provisioning to monitoring to auto scaling (In Beta) CAP1
ZenossService DynamicsOperations ManagementA single product that delivers end-to-end service assurance for real-world, hybrid IT that spans physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure.

624

 Infrastructure Performance Management
GigamonGigaVUE Fabric Manager Infrastructure Performance ManagementGigamon empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with visibility into the physical and virtual networks without affecting the performance or stability of the production environment.GigaVUE-FM provides the platform to manage distributed GigaVUE-VM virtual fabric nodes on virtual and physical infrastructures.1716
Virtual InstrumentsVirtualWisdom Infrastructure Performance Management
Real time, Deterministic and Comprehensive Health and Latency Metrics from the VM to the LUN 
 407
XangatiXangati Management Dashboard (XMD) SuiteInfrastructure Performance ManagementLive and continuous tracking of infrastructure performance health (server+hypervisor, storage and network). Problems identified within first hour of install.StormTracker: Industry’s first solution to track and anticipate transient, performance storms that fly under the radar of conventional monitoring solutions. 2413
 IT Automation
Puppet LabsPuppetAutomated Server and Image ManagementIT automation software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud.The Puppet integration service for VMware vFabric Application Director provides customers with the productivity and agility benefits of software-defined infrastructure. 2323
OpscodeChefAutomated Server and Image ManagementChef is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud.Integration of Opscode Chef with VMware vCloud Director as well as vCloud integrations with Terremark and Bluelock, enabling users to deploy and automate vCloud infrastructure in private/public clouds. 2431
rPath Cloud EngineAutomated Server and Image ManagementAutomate the assembly, provisioning and change of OS platforms, middleware platforms and entire application stacks to deploy, not in weeks, but in minutesUnveiling of ECAF model removes chaos from cloud transformation & plugs IT pros into power of cloud with positive business results. Pragmatic approach embeds need for standardization & guides journey. 2441
 Cloud Management
CloupiaUnified Infrastructure ControllerCloud ManagementA multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud provisioning and management solution that provides physical and virtual infrastructure control, management and monitoringUnified Converged Infrastructure Orchestration Solutions – FlexPod & VSPEX100
DynamicOpsCloud SuiteCloud ManagementManagement of private, hybrid, and public clouds across multiple hypervisors and virtual/physical infrastructuresJust got acquired by VMware512
EmboticsV-CommanderCloud ManagementPrivate Cloud In a Box – Deployed in Less than One HourIT as a Service functionality: Request multiple virtual or physical assets from a single entry in the service catalog.616
ManageIQ EVM SuiteCloud ManagementEnterprise cloud management solutions that enable IT services to be easily provisioned and managed across physical, virtual, private and public cloud infrastructures. Major new release announcement with support for hybrid clouds including leading public clouds like Amazon and Rackspace.506
VirtustreamXStreamCloud ManagementA cloud for business critical, performance critical and mission critical applications like SAPxStream software GA for enterprises, service providers and governments: private, public and hybrid cloud management for existing hardware/virtualization with security and legacy application SLAsNetApp Booth 1402
Virtualization Security
 AFORE SolutionsCloudLinkVirtualization SecurityAFORE’s CloudLink® provides encryption for active Cloud Storage and Virtual Hosted Applications. CloudLink® protects mission critical data while managing security compliance and service performance.AFORE’s announces: CloudLink® 2.0 – Secure Virtual Storage Appliance; CloudLink CX Encryption of End-User Data in VDI and Virtual Hosted Apps; CloudLink Achieved Secured by RSA® Partner Certification2428
HyTrustHyTrustVirtualization SecurityHyTrust empowers organizations to virtualize more by delivering enterprise-class controls for access, accountability, and visibility to their existing virtualization infrastructure.2129
Trend MicroDeep Security &
Secure Cloud 
Virtualization SecurityTrend Micro Incorporated, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with Internet content security and threat management solutions.1123
SymantecCritical System Protection
Virtualization SecurityCritical System Protection w/vSphere integration. CSP adds an multi-layer security to critical systems such as VMware vCenter as well as enforcement of security hardening of vSphere. Deep Security 9 offers better protection, performance & ROI for virtual servers & desktops & with our new Trend Ready program you can confidently pick a Deep Security compatible cloud service provider.909
Backup and Data Protection
Quantum vmProVirtualization BackupQuantum addresses data protection and big data management, providing specialized storage solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments to maximize the value of data.2017
VeeamVeeam Backup & ReplicationVirtualization BackupVM admins like Veeam because it’s fast, reliable and easy to use. Eliminates headaches of traditional backup, including agents, backup job failures and multiple backups. 100% virtualization-focused.Restore VMs from SAN snapshots. Fast: < 2 min. Flexible: Individual VMs, guest files or Microsoft Exchange items. Free: worry-free, agent-free and literally free (included in upcoming 6.5 release).1709
ZertoVirtual ReplicationVirtualization BackupZerto, VMworld Best of Show 2011 winner, provides the only hypervisor-based business continuity/disaster recovery solution for business-critical application protection in virtual & cloud environments.Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 is Live – featuring multi-site replication and secure multi-tenancy. Plus, over 35 Cloud Providers begin offering cloud Disaster Recovery services powered by Zerto.624
Desktop Virtualization
Appsense User Virtualization PlatformDesktop VirtualizationAppSense reduces IT complexity and enables enterprise consumerization with independent management of the user experience across all mobile devices and desktops.301
CitrixXenApp, XenDesktop, & XenClient EnterpriseDesktop VirtualizationWith cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and accessible for 260,000 organizations735
DesktoneDesktone CloudDesktop VirtualizationDesktone delivers the industry’s only multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for service providers to offer Desktops as a Service (DaaS).Dell/Wyse, NaviSite, Quest Systems & NetApp will be demoing DaaS built on the Desktone platform. In addition, Desktone will discuss support for VMware View 5 user experience features including PCoIP.2330
Liquidware LabsStratusphere FIT, IXD, UX & ProfileUnityDesktop VirtualizationLiquidware Labs™ offers an integrated set of solutions to support the complete desktop transformation lifecycle for migration to next-generation “anytime, anywhere, any device” desktops.ProfileUnity with FlexApp combines virtualized deployment of department and user applications with full-featured user virtualization for ultra-manageable desktops with best TCO.2536

Summary

We wish you safe travels to and from VMworld 2012 and a great show. The one certainty is that the virtualization and cloud landscapes will be different after VMware and all of the vendors in the ecosystem make their announcements next week. VMware’s new Software Defined Data Center strategy is going to usher in a set of changes as profound as those precipitated by virtualization itself – and that entire journey lies in front of us.

News: Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Acquisition

Virtualization.Management.Ecosystem2-150x62On July 2nd 2012, Dell announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Quest Software. Quest will become part of the Dell Software Group, which is being run by John Swainson, formerly the CEO of CA. In “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 VIS 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 News: Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Acquisition

Tenant and Multi-Tenant Security: It’s All About Scope

CloudComputingWhile at InfoSec World 2012’s summit on Cloud and Virtualization Security, the first talk was on Securing your data. The second was on penetration testing to ensure that data was secure.  In essence it has always been about the data but there is a huge difference between what a tenant can do  and what the cloud or virtual environment provider can do with respect to data protection and security. This gap is apparently becoming wider instead of smaller as we try to understand tenant vs cloud provider security scopes. There is a lack of transparency with respect to security, but at the same time there are movements to gain that transparency. But secret sauces, scopes, legislation, and lack of knowledge seem to be getting in the way. Continue reading Tenant and Multi-Tenant Security: It’s All About Scope

Future Proofing Data Protection: Approaching Fast!

VirtualizationBackupQuantum recently announced a ‘Flexible path to Next Generation Backup and Disaster Recovery’, which dovetails nicely with my thoughts on future proofing data protection.  Quantum has created, with the help of Xerox, a way to have multi-tenant data protection at the level of the tenant and not just the cloud provider. How does Quantum and Xerox achieve multi-tenant data protection? Is the future described here? Are there any other technologies that push this envelope as well? Continue reading Future Proofing Data Protection: Approaching Fast!