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.

VirtuAll User Environment Manager Released

About 18 months ago fellow Citrix Technology Professional Pierre Marmignon realized that there was a gap in the market for a simple robust user environment management solution that could remove the continual nightmare of managing complex Windows logon scripts and user environment settings in virtual desktop environments. Skip forward to today and Pierre has just announced the release of VirtuAll User Environment Manager (VUEM), and it is excellent.

It’s clear looking at VUEM that Pierre understands the requirements of both small and large enterprise organizations. Everything about VUEM is direct, to the point, a tool designed for and by system administrators who know what they want to do and just need a tool to help them do it. VUEM is simple to install and configure, you can be up and working with it literally in a few minutes and can deploy it into production in a couple of days. Yet at the same time is highly scalable and includes features that are essential for the needs of administrators of large enterprise environments. VUEM has been validated on environments containing up to 10,000 users, and there’s no reason to think that it could not scale past that in the right hands. Continue reading VirtuAll User Environment Manager Released

VMware’s “Squeeze the OS” Strategy – Open War with Microsoft and Red Hat

VMware’s CloudFoundry announcement has enormously clarified VMware’s long term strategy regarding its role in the Systems Software business. When VMware acquired SpringSource two years ago, it had application platform strategy that consisted of offering an enhanced version of Tomcat along with some development tools. This put VMware on the Java side of the Java vs. .NET wars, which was interesting, but it did not address the rapid proliferation of other application run time environments like Ruby and PHP that were continuing to drive the envelope of developer productivity. Continue reading VMware’s “Squeeze the OS” Strategy – Open War with Microsoft and Red Hat

News: Embotics Pioneers Simple IT as a Service

Embotics Unveils V-Commander 4.0 For Simplified Private Cloud Management

Ottawa, June 6, 2011 — Management, provisioning and automation for virtual data centers in less than 1 hour

Embotics Corporation a pioneer in virtualization and automated private cloud management, today unveiled EmboticsV-Commander 4.0, Cloud Edition, which accelerates virtualization and private cloud initiatives within mid-sized and large data centers. V-Commander 4.0 delivers an integrated set of easy-to-use management, provisioning and policy-driven automation features, while installing and delivering ROI in less than 1 hour. Continue reading News: Embotics Pioneers Simple IT as a Service

Citrix forges ahead with a cloud services focus

Citrix’s annual Synergy conference held this week in San Francisco was kicked off with CEO Mark Templeton painting his view of the future, and the building and leveraging of cloud services. With the emergence and evolution of cloud services, Templeton believes that the industry has moved out of the PC (personal computing) era into a PC-3 era, incorporating personal, private, and public cloud services. Continue reading Citrix forges ahead with a cloud services focus

Monitoring SQL Server Performance on VMware vSphere

VMware has recently posted an article up on its Communities site in the Business Critical Applications section about monitoring SQL Servers that are supporting a business critical application running in a vSphere environment. If this is how VMware thinks critical infrastructure services (database servers, applications servers, web servers, messaging servers, etc.) that support business critical applications should be monitored then it is no wonder that so many customers are struggling to get their business critical application virtualized. Continue reading Monitoring SQL Server Performance on VMware vSphere

Security of Performance and Management tools within the Virtual Environment

One of the basic tenants of virtualization security is to protect the management components of your virtualization hosts by placing these all important components on a separate network. These components often include management servers such as SCOM, vCenter, XenCenter, VirtManager, etc. as well as the management appliances of your virtualization hosts. In essence, the use of a properly configured, firewalled, and monitored virtualization management network would be the simplest and most effective security measure that can be made to day within any virtual environment. A message shared by Citrix, VMware, myself, and many others.

The problem is that not everything is as black and white as security folks desire. If we implement performance and other management tools, we often need to expose part of our all important virtualization management network to others. But how do we do this safely, securely, with minimal impact to usability? Why do we need to this is also another question. You just have to take one look at the Virtualization ASsessment TOolkit (Vasto) to realize the importance of this security requirement. But the question still exists, how do you implement other necessary tools within your virtual environment without impacting usability? Which we discussed on the May 5th Virtualization Security Podcast. Continue reading Security of Performance and Management tools within the Virtual Environment