Virtualization Management

Virtualization Management covers all aspects of managing a modern virtual or software defined data center. This includes managing across virtualization platforms and clouds, monitoring the performance and availability of the virtualization platforms (hypervisors) and the clouds, monitoring the capacity of the virtualization platforms and clouds, (Read More)

monitoring the performance of the applications running on these platforms and clouds, automatically provisioning these environments, securing these environments, and ensuring that the data in these environments is always protected and available.

Hyper-V: Is it there yet?

DataCenterVirtualizationFor a good portion of the time I have been working in the virtualization space, there has been plenty of hype about how it is just a matter of time before Microsoft “leapfrogs” ahead of VMware in the area of virtualization and with the massive upgraded version of Hyper-V 3.0 that will ship with Windows Server 8, there is thought that Microsoft might just pull off that upset.  So in classic Microsoft style, let’s take a look and compare VMware today (ESX/vSphere5) with what Microsoft will have with Hyper-V 3.0 sometime possibly in the “Fall” of 2012. Continue reading Hyper-V: Is it there yet?

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

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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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

The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

Much of the internet seems to be up in arms over the potential for a new piece of legislation designed to help US law enforcement authorities fight online piracy. In protest of this potential legislation, some sites (Wikepedia) went completely dark yesterday, and some (Google) demonstrated conspicuous concerns over the prospect of censorship by the government (with the Google logo obscured by a big black box). So what is all of the fuss about, and should we who are concerned about virtualization and cloud computing care? Continue reading The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle