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”.
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
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?
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
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 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