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.

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

vSphere 5 Licensing – The Role of Cross Platform Management Tools and the Hotlink SuperVISOR

So you are a loyal VMware customer. You have licenses for vSphere 4 and you are about 40% virtualized. Based upon the revised vRAM entitlements in the revised vSphere 5 licensing, you think you are going to be OK as you progress through the more demanding business critical purchased and custom developed applications that lie in front of you. Continue reading vSphere 5 Licensing – The Role of Cross Platform Management Tools and the Hotlink SuperVISOR

Performance Management for Desktop Virtualization (VDI) and Presentation Virtualization (SBC)

CIOs see selecting the right technology provider for their desktop virtualization strategy as a “significant risk”, according to research firm Ovum.  Ovum found that simplifying the management of desktops to reduce costs and increasing business agility were the top two reasons for implementing desktop virtualization, however,  an often overlooked aspect is the need to shift thinking from a device-centric perspective to a user-centric one.

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VMware vSphere 5 vRAM Pricing and Taxes

Reading through the vSphere 5 Communities Licensing Thread, one is struck by some of the similarities between this debate and its associated heartburn and the heartburn and debate over how we pay taxes to the government. When it comes to taxes we have certain expectations as to how the system should work.  Continue reading VMware vSphere 5 vRAM Pricing and Taxes

VMware – A Train with an Engine, 3 Boxcars, and a Caboose

People often equate VMware with vSphere (certainly VMware’s flagship product). But VMware is not a one product or even a one product line company. VMware is in fact five different businesses, each of which make different current contributions, have different long term strategic value, and have different synergies with the others. These five businesses are like an engine, three boxcars and a caboose. Continue reading VMware – A Train with an Engine, 3 Boxcars, and a Caboose

Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications?

Watching VMware roll out vSphere was a bit surreal. VMware did a great job of explaining the mission of vSphere 5 (attack the next 60% – virtualize any application). VMware did a great job of positioning its cloud suite (vSphere 5 and all of the products announced along with it) as the suite of functionality needed to address that next 60% of un-virtualized workloads.  In fact all of the analyst briefings that occurred before the actual launch focused upon these two elements as did the first 90% of the launch. And then… Continue reading Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications?