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.

Why Is Application Performance Management So Screwed Up?

Ask yourself this very simple set of questions. How many applications does your company have that warrant management on an availability, response time, and integrity of service basis? For how many of those applications do you have a functional Application Performance Management (APM)  solution in place that actually allows you to measure and guarantee availability, response time and integrity of service? Continue reading Why Is Application Performance Management So Screwed Up?

Cloud Performance – Learning from SalesForce.com

One of the concerns that many organizations have about putting business critical applications into public clouds is how to ensure the performance and delivered end user experience of those applications. This is an area where the cloud providers need to show some real leadership, and with the exception of SalesForce.com have not done so. Continue reading Cloud Performance – Learning from SalesForce.com

Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

Listening to Paul Maritz describe VMware’s vision for automated Data Center Operations at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas last month (a review of which is in this post), caused a very important issue to surface in follow up conversation with several attendees at the show. The issue is the degree to which the current organization of Data Center Operations would prevent an enterprise from being able to attain the benefits of automated IT Operations. Continue reading Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

VMware has made it known for quite some time that virtualization, private clouds (IT as a Service), hybrid clouds, and public clouds will create the need for a new management stack, and that VMware intends to be an aggressive supplier of such a new management stack. However, what VMware has never before said is precisely what would be different about this new management stack (other than it explicitly supporting vSphere) than all of the other management stacks that have existed for all of the other computing platforms in the world. Continue reading VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

Hurricane Irene and Some Thoughts on Disaster Recovery

This week I have been paying close attention to the developments of Hurricane Irene.  In the beginning, Hurricane Irene looked like she was going visit Florida on her journey to the north.  Even though it looked like Florida was going to get hit by this storm, it was still early and there was time for the storm to change course.  It was also time to go out and make sure my Hurricane Supply Kit at least had the basics like batteries and flashlights as well as filling up the gas tanks of the cars.  I have different levels of preparedness which depends on how close the storm is and the projected path. Just like I have steps in place to be prepared for the storm, most companies that I have worked for in Florida have a storm plan in place and like myself, do not sound the real alarm until the storm is 48 – 72 hours away from a hit but start to prepare for the alarm in case it is needed.  Continue reading Hurricane Irene and Some Thoughts on Disaster Recovery

Your VMworld 2011 Enterprise Private Cloud and IT as a Service Short List

With VMworld 2011 around the corner whose booth’s should you visit? Well if you are an enterprise who is contemplating or planning to put in a Private Cloud (also known as IT as a Service) then selecting the right management tool with which to build and manage your Private Cloud should be at or near the top of your mind.  VMware clearly agrees as they have announced and delivered vCloud Director specifically to meet this need, and have also made significant enhancements to the vSphere 5 product line in order to position vSphere 5 as a “Private Cloud Suite”. So after you go see vCloud Director, what else should you go see?  Continue reading Your VMworld 2011 Enterprise Private Cloud and IT as a Service Short List