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March 15th, 2011

VMTurbo announces immediate availability of the March Release of the Virtualization Management Suite

As with all VMTurbo releases, this new functionality represents a blend of productivity innovations not available elsewhere in the industry along with specific usability or functionality requests received directly from end users. The themes for this release fall into 3 broad categories: Streamlining access to important information Provide immediate access to effective, direct, actionable measures … Continued

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March 14th, 2011

VMTurbo meets Geeks at GeekDay 2011

One of the things that we like to do as a vendor is to go out and meet our customers and anyone working in this space to get their feedback on the tools and capabilities that they need to improve their job performance and the quality of the services they in turn provide to their … Continued

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February 11th, 2011

Today’s Data Center Management Gap

It used to be “easy.” The world was static with relatively few moving parts. A single application on a single OS on a single server with attached storage. With a few (sometime more than a few) point tools we were able to get our hands around and manage our environments. Well, virtualization changes everything.  No … Continued

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February 10th, 2011

Less IS more: Avoiding the Data Race to Nowhere

Proliferation of IT management tools In the last two decades IT management has been in a race to nowhere. A race to discover more, collect more and present more. More reports, more graphs, more views. If there is an IT asset out there, there is a tool to discover it. If there is a metric … Continued

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January 28th, 2011

Beware VM right-sizing approaches using a single resource metric!

Right-sizing attempts to properly allocate resources to VMs — balancing performance requirements with utilization goals.  (Allocate too little, and the VM will be starved for resources; allocate too much and utilization drops.) Many right-sizing solutions today look at a very small set of metrics when right-sizing, and far short of an optimal setting. For example, relying … Continued

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January 27th, 2011

Crossing the “Virtualization Chasm” – Part I: Why are production apps difficult to virtualize?

Virtualization draws a great divide between performance-insensitive and performance-sensitive applications. Performance-insensitive applications –such as development tools or print servers– can often be virtualized in a matter of minutes, yielding significant gains.  It is little wonder that these  “low-hanging fruits” account for the enormous success of virtualization and most of the estimated 20%-30% penetration, accomplished by … Continued

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October 1st, 2010

Turbo Tips: Subscribe managers and app owners to performance reports

“When do we need to buy more VMware hosts?” — Capacity Manager “Why is my application performing badly in the virtual environment?” — App Owner “Am I using all of the capacity that I’ve paid for in the shared environment?” – Business Owner Like most virtualization administrators, you are probably hearing these questions on a regular basis. Although … Continued

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June 20th, 2010

Why virtual infrastructure rewrites the capacity planning book

Virtualization presents great opportunities to exploit the unused compute capacity that exist in the datacenter.  While most organizations have collapsed their infrastructure using virtualization, they have designed their deployments to accommodate the peak workload of all applications that reside on a given physical platform. This is very wasteful and costly because there are significant periods/points … Continued