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Chris Wolf

Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management

June 2, 2014
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Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management

The biggest part of my job is speaking with end user organizations and understanding their greatest current and future challenges. Oftentimes I hear about workloads that are initially developed on a particular cloud provider’s infrastructure that cannot be redeployed or migrated anywhere else. To be clear, nothing is technically impossible. It’s always a matter of the migration costs outweighing the benefits. Many times organizations want to move workloads developed in a public cloud to their private cloud for reasons such as security, compliance or lowering costs. In other cases, service stacks may need to be distributed globally to 40 or more countries and rebuilding those stacks on various infrastructures can cost millions. The bottom line – the organizations that I speak with daily are...

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Chris Wolf

Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

March 25, 2014
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Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers and private data centers, for example) without consequence. Typically you’ll hear a few data points to justify the story, including: We use OpenStack, therefore your workloads can be run anywhere We use an open source hypervisor, so you can run your workloads anywhere We support Open Virtualization Format (OVF) import and export, so you won’t have any portability concerns We have a VM import and export tool, so you...

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Chris Wolf

What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

March 7, 2014
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What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

The state of New Jersey is home to some of the most significant electronics inventions in our history, including countless inventions by Thomas Edison and what became the modern transistor. Bell Labs ushered in a sustained period of innovation and along with it a robust and growing workforce. My own technology career also had started in the electronics industry, where as a young US Marine I did component level repair (such as troubleshooting and repairing transistors and integrated circuits on electronic circuit boards). While such specializations were important at the time, today they are mostly irrelevant. In New Jersey I continually run into folks who used to have solid careers as electronics technicians and most of them are no longer doing any...

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Chris Wolf

Complexity is Great for Profits… Just Not Your Profits

February 5, 2014
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Many people who have seen me present over the past year have heard me discuss the notion of complexity and who truly benefits from it. Given the current state of IT budgets and resources, the time is ripe to take a closer look at this issue. Most organizations that I work with are grappling with mandates to be more efficient and responsive to business or department needs (said in another way, more agile) and to improve application availability, all while maintaining a flat budget. These mandates often lead to public, private and hybrid cloud initiatives that include an emphasis on high degrees of automation. What is the Goal? A typical first step on the private/hybrid cloud journey is to look at the innovators in...

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steveherrod

¡Viva Cloud Management!

October 9, 2012
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¡Viva Cloud Management!

VMworld Europe kicked off today in Barcelona with approximately 8,000 attendees. My keynote this morning focused on the software-defined datacenter and our updated cloud management portfolio . This management offering includes enhancements to the management products in the recently released VMware vCloud Suite , and stand alone tools, plus the newest member of our cloud management solution: vCloud Automation Center.

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kitcolbert

Heterogeneous Cloud Management at VMworld Europe

October 9, 2012
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Heterogeneous Cloud Management at VMworld Europe

In a recent blog post , Steve Herrod outlined how VMware products are embracing support for heterogeneous environments. VMware’s Enterprise Management products are no exception. Heterogeneity is important because while many of our customers have chosen a VMware-first policy, the reality is that their environments may not be completely vSphere: there are pockets of physical servers that have yet to be virtualized, developers run around IT’s back and go straight to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to test their latest changes, or the company makes an acquisition whose datacenters don’t run vSphere. So any management solution must be able to support heterogeneous environments. This is exactly what we’ve designed our Enterprise Management products to do.

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scottdavis

The Many Flavors of Persona Management

August 30, 2011
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The Many Flavors of Persona Management

Persona management refers to technologies that isolate aspects of an individual user’s personal settings or customizations from the base operating system image. We find user persona technologies to be a widely misunderstood topic, as there are a variety of approaches and categories for these solutions and the various categories serve different purposes and solve different problems for customers. With the arrival of VMware View 5 and our View Persona Management functionality, I thought I would take this opportunity to call out the various categories of persona management technology and what each of them does.   Persona management is definitely not one size fits all!   The most basic form of persona management is simple file/folder redirection. Take the Microsoft Windows “My Documents” folder and...

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winstonbumpus

Cloud Standards and Software License Management

March 16, 2011
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Cloud computing is changing how IT managers are running their infrastraucture and giving them more flexibility in running their workloads. Now they can virtualize them and create portable images of their systems and services. Theses portable workloads can be realized as vApps and serveral servers can be deployed as a single package to a cloud as needed. Each package may contain several products including operating systems, middleware, database servers and web servers, all of which have various license entitlements.   This creates some new challenges for IT management to understand these entitlements of the products they have aquired based on the various licensing models.  It also makes it challenging to understand if they are in compliance or have exceeded their contracted entitlements. If a...

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benverghese

Managing the New Box

February 16, 2011
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Following up on an earlier blog post about the new Box; the concept is essential to thinking about the case where an individual or an enterprise is buying capacity from a service provider. The new Box — the progression of instances being the VM, the vApp and the VDC — gives us a great way of providing the user with an abstraction to replace the “old Box” in the context of the cloud.  This is what the user is buying from the service provider. “New Box” sounds good, but how do we manage and secure this new Box when we buy it from a service provider. Typically one buys this box as capacity to deploy one or more applications. The application comes with...

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benverghese

It’s getting cloudy out there. Did you pack your management umbrella?

August 21, 2010
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It’s getting cloudy out there. Did you pack your management umbrella?

Hello, my name is Ben Verghese and I am the Chief Mgmt Architect at Vmware. Been here over ten years and seen virtualization go from an interesting technology applied to x86 (a classically non-virtualizable architecture) to the basis for a complete rethink of how IT is done,; infrastructure to applications.   Management is a core part of the journey from legacy physical infrastructure to fully virtualized datacenters to eventual Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud models. A streamlined management model in this final stage is essential to realize the full Opex savings to go along with the Capex savings seen with the advent of virtualization in the datacenter.   This is an exciting time to be thinking of how mgmt will evolve with and...

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