Faster Performance For Your VMware Environment

Mark Prahl

Mark Prahl

What if you could get faster performance out of your VMware environment? You’d do it.

Stifling I/O bottlenecks, shrinking backup windows, and unplanned outages are commonplace concerns shared among data center architects rolling out their virtual data center and cloud.

Virtual machine (VM) growth tends to escalate as data centers get comfortable with virtualization technologies. But, growth often gets hampered by the lowest common denominator if not addressed as part of the implementation plan.

A few months back, I used the DeLorean with the flux capacitor from the old Back to the Future movies as an analogy to supercharging applications through data path optimization. Now, if you recall, in the second installment of this famed movie series, the fictional character Doc Brown went into the future to retrofit his DeLorean time machine with the power of flight. Similarly, upgrading your path management to optimize your virtual environment can make your data center seemingly levitate—and eliminate many of the concerns for virtual and cloud deployments.

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Will Software Keep Up With You And Your Cloud

Mark Prahl

Mark Prahl

What have your vendors done to get you to converged infrastructure management and the cloud?

Not too long ago the industry was abuzz about this new thing called cloud. While the chatter remains high, a lot of us have gotten down to the knitting so to speak.

What differs is that some of us jumped on the innovation bandwagon faster than others. While some vendors repackaged existing technologies for the cloud, others got on to addressing the real crux of the change brought about by cloud computing: how we deliver IT services.

As discussed in previous posts about delivering IT as a service and a new way of thinking about a single pane of glass, what matters most in today’s world is agility and innovation for competitive advantage. If you’re an IT industry vendor, this means you need to provide the ability to quickly and easily deliver new services—not just end-user services, but infrastructure services as well—with  an increasingly robust tool set to address a variety of technical and business needs.

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A New Way Of Thinking About A Single Pane Of Glass

Mark Prahl

Mark Prahl

What if you could create your own view of your data center?

It may sound like a lot to ask but it’s closer to reality than you may think.

As infrastructure gets re-architected for virtual environments and cloud, new approaches to the solutions that manage, replicate, analyze, and alert need to be considered to keep IT in step with the evolving needs of the business. While feature-rich legacy infrastructure management solutions often have long lives, they‘re challenged to deliver all the features and functions every customer wants to run their business.

New IT management solutions need to get pulled together quickly and made available in a single, personalized display. This requires new ways of presenting management information, including new tools and technologies, and new ways of thinking about how information is consumed and shared throughout the organization. Continue reading

Filling The IT Skills Gap

Mark Prahl

Mark Prahl

Do you have the right IT skills for the job?

In a previous post about understanding the changing roles in the data center, I discussed the need for a new mindset among data center personnel and some of the new roles emerging for IT professionals  like cloud architects and data center architects. But, even for the most progressive employees and managers, there’s the challenge of keeping current with new innovations and developing the skills to make the most out of the new technologies.

In recent weeks, there has been some newly published information about the IT skills gap and about cloud computing creating new jobs. Fortunately, some of the new education programs available to IT personnel now address the training needs of the physical and virtual data center as well as the new world of cloud computing—and the promise of Big Data analytics. Continue reading

Dealing With Virtual Machine Stall

Mark Prahl

Mark Prahl

How do you feel when you can’t take full advantage of an opportunity?

Well, it is only human nature to feel disappointed.

But, when it comes to business, it goes beyond mere personal disappointment when an opportunity is missed. Spending may be higher than it needs to be, profitability may be lower, and a competitive position may be compromised.

And, from the IT operations perspective, that is not a place anybody wants to be.

Recently, based on extensive and continuing discussions with customers, there is clearly a critical opportunity being missed for IT operations teams: the opportunity to increase the percentage of virtualized systems, as well as deploy advanced server virtualization features.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

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