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Finding The Desired State: Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect

Posted by Matt Vetter on May 23, 2016 7:30:41 AM

Earlier this week, I was on a demonstration discussing the concept of a desired state with a particularly interesting customer. Ordinarily, most customers and prospects I talk with consider the concept of a desired state to be a pretty simple concept. Due to the tools we have in the marketplace today, most people consider the desired state somewhere between no active alerts and no phone calls from end users. But the concept is much more complicated than that. This prospect in particular was challenging me on the concept that not only is there no single desired state, but that there was also a desired state for every level of virtualization, and the only true way to assure performance was to find a desired state for both at the same time in real time. We had only been talking at that point on how to assure service performance while maximizing the efficiency of the hypervisor layer, when the prospect brought up Cisco UCS. He mentioned that, occasionally, he finds that performance degradation occurs on his fabric layer, but does not manifest itself as an alert in his vSphere environment. He then challenged me and asked, can VMTurbo not only control a hypervisor in a desired state, but also control in a desired state for Cisco UCS?

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Topics: Features

Scaling the Infrastructure to the Cloud: The Endless Chase for Infrastructure Efficiency Part I

Posted by Matt Vetter on Apr 13, 2016 8:28:22 AM

scaling to public cloud

The public cloud: the final frontier. To go boldly where no application has gone before.

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Topics: Cloud

What's the Promise of Cloud Orchestration?

Posted by Matt Vetter on Feb 8, 2016 7:50:18 AM

promise of orchestration

In my conversations over 2015, I have found that one of the top of mind goals for many Directors and CIOs for this year is the goal of fully automating the orchestration of the environment. It is a common pain felt across the IT staff, the lack of agility and automation when it comes to provisioning new workloads for the environment.

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Topics: Cloud

How Do I Manage My Storage? Operations Manager vs the Storage Control Module

Posted by Matt Vetter on Jan 22, 2016 9:18:03 AM

“I’m using NetApp as my SAN, how can I have VMTurbo see and manage my storage layer?” Due to the nature of how VMTurbo is often introduced, many immediately feel that VMTurbo is a platform exclusively for the compute and VM layers of the IT stack. Most likely, it’s due to the fact that the industry has traditionally created products this way, either focused on the compute layer, or focused on the storage layer. Or perhaps it’s because companies like NetApp, EMC, HP, Dell and Pure have put large investments into creating software products to manage their storage environments when it comes to auto-tiering, replication and thin provisioning. Either way, we often lack a method of easily mapping the interdependencies of an entire IT stack within our environment, and the ability to understand how to drive out risk when it comes to the relationship between the virtual environment and the SAN.

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Topics: Storage

Balance vs. Control: A Comparison

Posted by Matt Vetter on Jul 27, 2015 6:00:47 AM

“How is VMTurbo different from any other tool that load balances through automated vMotions?” Anytime I am talking to a prospect on a demonstration, this question inevitably comes up in the conversation. VMTurbo often draws this comparison, and it comes down to a fundamental difference: the concept of balance versus control. Hopefully, this blog will elucidate the key difference between these two approaches to managing the virtual environment, and also how control assures application performance while also driving up utilization at the same time.

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Why Workload Automation Can’t Assure Performance

Posted by Matt Vetter on Jun 25, 2015 8:51:40 AM

Is Workload Automation all its cracked up to be?

Data center and virtualization management vendors often overuse the word automation within today’s IT world. It's used to sound cutting edge, to promote ease of use of a technology, or to create the impression of an intelligent or superior solution. In truth, workload automation can refer to a wide variety of tasks, from the daily mundane tasks to the extraordinarily complex. In reviewing the strength of a virtualization tool’s technology, it is therefore increasingly important to be skeptical when a company refers to its technology as an “automation tool”.

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How can you eliminate the risk of Thin Provisioning?

Posted by Matt Vetter on Jun 1, 2015 10:16:19 AM

Thin Provisioning is the ultimate gamble of the virtual datacenter. As a History major in college, the concept often reminds me of the Great Depression of 1929. Banks, as a rule of thumb, lend out more money than they can possibly cover with their own assets, which almost never becomes an issue. Until it does.

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