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.

News: Microsoft and Docker Partner to Bring Container Applications across Platforms

Microsoft Corp. and Docker Inc., the company behind the fast-growing Docker open platform for distributed applications, on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications, and tools. Continue reading News: Microsoft and Docker Partner to Bring Container Applications across Platforms

The New Leaders of the Management Software Industry

PerformanceManagementSince the inception of the modern software industry in the mid-1980s, the management software industry has been led by the big four: IBM, BMC, HP, and CA. Due to the needs of the software-defined data center and the cloud, a new set of leaders and innovators has emerged. This post will cover the new leaders, and my next post will cover the new innovators.

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VMware Acquires CloudVolumes: What It Means for the Future of VDI

ElasticBox.VMwareThe biggest end user computing news of VMworld arrived a few days early, with the August 20 announcement that VMware has acquired storage layering startup CloudVolumes. In one step, this redefines VMware’s position in the end user computing marketplace. 

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News: AppDynamics Goes Big Data with Its Summer 2014 Release

PerformanceManagementBack when APM got started, it was used to monitor complex applications that ran on relatively few servers and changed once a year or even less frequently. Now applications are distributed across thousands or even tens of thousands of servers, and they change daily. This requires management vendors to collect more types of data, and to collect this data more frequently which turns APM into a big data problem.

The AppDynamics Big Data Release

This week, AppDynamics announced its Summer 2014 release with a host of major new features. The most interesting of these features is that AppDynamics has decided to put its metric data into an open-source big data back end—Hadoop. This has several implications for the management software industry:

    • Like ExtraHop, which has just announced that it has “set [its] data free,” AppDynamics is now taking a leadership position in letting customers use their data for any use case imaginable by putting that data in an open-source database.
    • This sharpens the distinction between “commodity data” and “valuable data.” Commodity data is data that is collected by operating systems and devices and made freely available via management APIs, like the vSphere API, WMI, SNMP, and SMIS. Valuable data, like that which AppDynamics collects (detailed interactions of transactions with their application run times across an N-tier system), can only be collected the “hard way,” which is through world-class instrumentation designed with great care by people who really know what they are doing.
    • If ExtraHop and AppDynamics are willing to set their “valuable” data free, then what justification is there for a vendor that just collects commodity operating system or network statistics to lock its data up in a vendor-proprietary data store?

You can read more about the new AppDynamics release at the links below:

AppDynamics Brings Big Data Science to APM in Summer ’14 Release 

Clear, meaningful data visualization

Platform to capture and process Big Data streams in real-time

Industry’s most comprehensive monitoring and data collection offering


Splunk no longer has the big data pond to itself in the management software arena. Both ExtraHop and AppDynamics have delivered significant innovations based on open source big data back ends.