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.

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 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

Citrix and Quest get serious about Application Compatibility

This week we saw the announcement of two very similar acquisitions.  Quest Software announced on October 24 that they were acquiring ChangeBASE and on October 26 Citrix Systems announced they were acquiring AppDNA.  Both solutions provide application compatibility testing for the Windows platform.

Implementations of Windows 7 on both physical and virtual platforms have been hindered primarily due to concerns about or known issues of application compatibility.  For 10 years, Windows XP was the platform for thousands of applications.  Transitioning to a new platform is nothing less than herculean when the application set is nearly as old as the platform it’s running on.  Even early implementations of Windows Terminal Server (i.e., Citrix MetaFrame) had application compatibility challenges, requiring scripts to make applications behave correctly in the multi-user Windows environment. Continue reading Citrix and Quest get serious about Application Compatibility

Application Performance Management – Our New Relic Details

We at The Virtualization Practice, practice what we write about, as such we have been monitoring our systems using many of our sponsors tools. One that has helped quite a bit has been New Relic RPM with its End User and Application Server monitoring capabilities as well as its inherent diagnostics to track through what is the root cause of our performance problems. Since we like to keep our website snappy, we constantly monitor for issues and ways to fix them. As such we are not only looking at the application, but our network and storage environments as well.   New Relic RPM however has surprised us quite a few times in what it can tell us. This is where performance monitoring and virtualization security overlap. Continue reading Application Performance Management – Our New Relic Details

VMware Joins the APM Revolution with vFabric Application Performance Manager

In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we gave credit to VMware for (finally) articulating why their management stack was going to be different and better than every management stack that we have known and hated in the physical world. That difference was that VMware was going to focus upon automated remediation of problems instead of “monitor, alert, and then fix manually”.

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VMware Capacity Planner – A Special Use Case

I have had the opportunity to perform a few VMware Capacity Planner assessments over the years and I have been, more the most part, pretty happy with the process and the results of the reports.  The assessment is really pretty straight forward.  We had physical servers to the project, making sure we have proper permissions to perform all the tasks and then let the process run over an extended period of time.  For the most part, this way of sampling over an extended time frame will give you a very good idea what can be virtualized and the number of hosts that will be needed. Continue reading VMware Capacity Planner – A Special Use Case