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April 14th, 2013

Coffee and Data – More than just an engine to fuel your team

What do Starbucks and an IT Datacenter have in common? – Supply and Demand Think about it. Starbucks provides its supply of resources such as coffee, muffins, soda, salad and parfaits to a mass of demanding consumers who all have different taste preferences.   Similarly, a datacenter happens to provide finite compute resources such as CPU, … Continued

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April 2nd, 2013

Don’t Get Amazoned

I recently served on a software-defined data center panel hosted by Pacific Crest Capital in Boston.  Joining me were representatives from Acquia, Plexxi and Simplivity. While the topic of the panel was the software-defined data center, it immediately became clear there is one central theme as it relates to anything “software-defined:” the increasing threat Amazon … Continued

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March 29th, 2013

Why Dynamic Workload Placement Is Not Enough

In the recent blog post about the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) by Enterprise Management Associates’ Torsten Volk, Torsten brought up several important requirements and gaps on the road to that important goal. In particular he said: “What’s currently missing is an engine that dynamically places workloads in the hypervisor environments where they can run in … Continued

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March 27th, 2013

IaaS Providers: Accelerate Profitability Through Automation

Over the last few years Service Providers scaling out cloud/IaaS have realised the need to leverage specialist management systems to automate and orchestrate service delivery processes. In the main, the initial target of automation projects has centered on provisioning because it accelerates the consumption of IaaS services and avoids significant labour costs as organizations scale … Continued

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March 22nd, 2013

The New Normal

The IT world is being shaped by a confluence of changes, including the proliferation of virtualization, the expectation of “always on” IT, and the increasing speed of business enabled by technology. Every progression we achieve in enabling lower costs, greater agility and reduced risk takes us farther and farther from the “normal” mode of operations … Continued

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March 15th, 2013

DRS vs. VMTurbo: Different by Design

We’ve grown rapidly over the last year adding hundreds of new customers as IT operators at companies of all sizes realize that controlling today’s virtual data centers requires a new set of tools built to offload manual processes instead of just collecting data. With this influx of new engagements many things have changed—but we still … Continued

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March 13th, 2013

Routine Maintenance and the Impact on Your Virtualization Management

This is part of a series of articles looking at real operational situations and how virtualization management solutions react. You know the drill. You have to conduct routine infrastructure maintenance, like a hypervisor update. You start this process by performing live migration of guest workloads off of the update target to other hosts in the … Continued

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March 8th, 2013

Is There a “Fix-It” Button?

“Can you give me a fix-it button?” Having been in the systems management market for over a decade, you can imagine I have heard a lot of comments from customers, including the “can’t you just fix-it ” request. My first CEO gig was with Reflectent Software, the developer of an end-user application performance management product … Continued

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March 5th, 2013

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

In a recent blog, virtualization expert Frank Denneman provides excellent insights into the challenges many customers of virtualized environments face in an attempt to solve the intelligent workload management (IWM) problem—i.e., provide adequate service levels while keeping the environment efficient. Frank goes into great detail in his post, describing the best practices of using pools … Continued

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February 28th, 2013

This Word, Intractable…

“This word, intractable… I do not think it means what you think it means.” For those of you familiar with Princess Bride, you get the reference. For those who are not, you’re missing out on a cult classic (with a best ever performance from Andre the Giant). But, what does this have to do with … Continued