So this weekend, as I was navigating the traffic filled streets of North London, around Northolt, my friend and I spotted a “Jedi Robe” store. Being Sunday evening, the store was shut, but a lively conversation ensued about how viable a business selling costumes and action figures based on a single movie series can be.
Anyway, during this conversation, I let it slip that I had never seen any Stars Wars movies. My friend, a fellow geek and sci-fi fan almost went into shock. Many of my friends reading this right now will probably have similar reactions. He has now made it his life mission to get me to sit through all 6 movies before the new one comes out in December.
What does that have to do with server virtualisation? Just bear with me for a few more lines…
The Radio Show – Trying out something new
I’m an avid listener to a show on BBC Radio 4 called “I’ve never seen Star Wars”. The premise of the show is simple. Before each episode, a celebrity works through a list of everyday things they had never done before. They present the results on the show, and give each experience a ‘pleasure rating’ out of ten.
So a few of my favourite examples:
- A politician (Ann Widdecombe) trying out camping in a tent (rated 10 of 10), and drinking a Jägerbomb (no score given, she was not a fan!)
- A nationally acclaimed writer and poet (Benjamin Zephaniah) drinking coffee and tea for the first time. (8/10 for tea, 6/10 for coffee). He also listened to a whole One Direction album. (2/10, very generous in my opinion)
- A journalist (Esther Rantzen) tried Facebook (4/10) and reflexology (0/10). Ironing a man’s shirt got 8/10 though.
- A Comedian (Phil Jupitus) having colonic irrigation has to rank up there as one of the weirdest choices. Even weirder was him scoring it 10/10, and by the time he was discussing it on the show, he’d already booked his next appointment.
Like Phil Jupitus, several guests enjoy their experiences so much they resolve to take part in the activities more often going forward. So trying something new could possibly change your life or at least your habits.
It is a really engaging and very funny show, and I would recommend it very highly (if you’re in the UK, you can listen to recent episodes on BBC iPlayer).
But now to my main point.
Server Virtualisation Monitoring vs. Control
As a sales engineer at VMTurbo, many of the prospects we speak to for the first time come to us looking for a server virtualisation monitoring or reporting tool. When we ask you to consider VMTurbo, we’re asking you to try something new. After all, we’re the only demand-driven control platform out there. And if you haven’t looked at us, you’re really missing out.
What is the purpose of a report? It tells you in charts, graphs and tables what your environment looks like – useful information. But what do you use this information for? What actions do you take once you digest the content of your report(s)? What is the end-game?
And monitoring? This probably gives you the same information, but close to real time. And generates alerts to let you know when certain metrics are at an unacceptable level. Maybe close to the unacceptable level. Setting thresholds correctly is similar to a dark art. Sure, some vendors now offer ‘Smart Alerts’. But it all comes back to the same thing. When you get the alert(s), what do you do with them?
Hopefully, the answer to all the questions above is you take the information and use it to drive your environment to a healthy state. This will invariably involve making certain decisions about configuration, workload placements and provisioning resources. But can you be sure you’re making the best decisions? And are you sure the changes you make won’t impact the rest of the datacentre?
VMTurbo Operations Manager is an elegant solution to a very complex problem. With an overview of your entire datacentre, all this information is put into our patented economic scheduling engine, and with minimal configuration and in just a few minutes, what you get is actionable recommendations to drive you to what we call the ‘desired state’, a healthy environment making efficient use of your infrastructure.
Once you get to the desired state, the goal is to stay there. No problem. With demand-driven control, you can move away from a reactive approach to allowing VMTurbo to keep your environment healthy by allowing VMTurbo to automatically act on the recommendations, you can keep your environment in state of perpetual happiness. Using the invisible hand of “The Force”.
My job as a sales engineer is to persuade you to take that step, move away from just monitoring and start to control your environment. Change your approach from reactive to proactive. Move over from the dark side.
Try something new today and I guarantee you, your datacentre will never be the same again.
Start your free 30-day trial today, and may the force be with you.