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The "New" IT Landscape

Posted by Shmuel Kliger on Jun 9, 2016 8:46:25 AM

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Topics: Industry Perspectives, Virtualization

Diving into Apache Spark: Part 1

Posted by Steven Haines on May 24, 2016 12:53:33 PM

Our data has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade: we have collected hoards of data about our users in Big Data solutions, like Hadoop, but we also have data stored in log files, local databases, Splunk, and more. How are we supposed to analyze this data and create a holistic view of this data across multiple data sources?

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Topics: Virtualization

What to Look for in Hyper-Converged Platforms…

Posted by James Dyckowski on May 11, 2016 9:53:10 AM

To start, why are there any hyper-converged platforms?

There have been a lot of major changes in the way that IT environments are run over the last 10 years. The idea of individual workloads being run by independent hosts has nearly vanished with the few legacy exceptions. The only guaranteed consistency between IT environments today is that there is some form of server virtualization and most of their servers are already virtualized. This helps as it is easier to scale and manage critical data. It creates tremendous amounts of complexity because now they require an understanding of virtualization nuances and all of the disparate pieces within the infrastructure have to work together. Otherwise, they will take down a portion or the whole environment. Everyone has seen some form of this.

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Topics: Virtualization

Why Running OpenStack is like Taking up Running

Posted by Eric Wright on May 10, 2016 1:02:16 PM

As someone who has accidentally become a runner because I’ve just ended up doing it a lot, I’ve noticed a lot of parallels to the operation of an OpenStack environment. I know it is odd sounding, but here is why I was thinking that.

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Topics: Virtualization

Java Virtual Machine Fine Tuning

Posted by Stephen Wagner on Apr 27, 2016 2:49:15 PM

Whether you’re running 3-tier Java applications on JBoss or WebLogic servers or just have servlets on Tomcat, the scenario that seems to come up the most often is the finger-pointing between the System Administrator and the Java developer. The developer’s job is to create a well-functioning application, while your job is to provide them with the platform to run it on and hope that they don’t ask for more resources than they actually need (good luck with that).

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Topics: Virtualization

Don’t Let Thin-Provisioning Ruin Your Vacation

Posted by Nick Joseph on Apr 22, 2016 7:30:28 AM

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Topics: Virtualization

Mesosphere Launches new Open Source DCOS.io Platform

Posted by Eric Wright on Apr 19, 2016 4:12:44 PM

As I’ve covered Mesosphere before and showed how to kick up a Mesosphere environment on AWS (Part 1 and Part 2), I was particularly pleased to see some very cool news from the DCOS vendor with the newest announcement and a launch of some updates to the platform with lots of news.

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Topics: Virtualization

Deploying a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL7) on VirtualBox

Posted by Eric Wright on Apr 19, 2016 1:21:26 PM

As you saw in our first post about the free Red Hat Developer subscription, we have some new toys to play with! This is the first in the series where we explore the steps to setting up your RHEL server.

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Topics: Virtualization, How To...

Are you giving your business a competitive advantage?

Posted by Joe Burke on Apr 18, 2016 7:28:16 AM

I talk with a lot of different individuals who work in IT in some way shape or form on a regular basis. Lately I am seeing a trend that transcends from systems engineers all the way up to CIOs that I can’t seem to wrap my head around. If I am working together with a potential VMTurbo candidate we will typically discuss things like how and why something was architected a particular way or maybe how they ensure they are getting the most out of the infrastructure resources they have already invested in.

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Topics: Virtualization

Choosing a Virtualization Management Platform by Chris Childerhose

Posted by Chris Childerhose on Mar 18, 2016 11:00:56 AM

Editor's Note:  Welcome to Chris Childerhose as a guest author for the About:Virtualization blog.  As a community contributor with a versatile background in IT and virtualization, we are very honoured and pleased to have Chris contribute to the blog.  Be sure to visit Chris in the Green Circle community and continue the conversation on your ideas about choosing a virtualization management platform for your environment. - Eric Wright

Choosing a Virtualization Management Platform

QoS_Ultilization_Scale_small-minEvery Virtualization Administrator deals with frustrations daily and having a management platform to help with daily tasks will ease the burden. But how do you know which one is right for you? How would you go about choosing the right platform that will help you in your daily tasks?

Software Criteria

When choosing a management tool there are many things to consider based on your virtual environment. What hypervisor are you running, what storage is being used, etc.? The best way to choose the right tool for the job is through evaluation and the more tools you evaluate the easier it will be to pick the right one for you. During an evaluation process you should consider things such as:

  • Compatibility with your chosen Hypervisor
  • Ease of installation and setup
  • Program ease of use and navigation
  • Details – does the program give you what you need to see
  • Reporting – is the reporting sufficient enough
  • Automation
  • And so on…and so on….

There are many criteria you can use in the evaluation stage and the above examples are but just a few. Composing a list prior to starting to look at software would be the recommended approach, this way you are looking at software that will fit most of your criteria prior to the evaluation/PoC stage.

Comparison

When you have completed your criteria list and selected vendors for evaluation ensure to install all of them. Installing all of the products allows you to do a side-by-side comparison of the features you are looking for like navigation, reporting, etc.

Being able to see the products and how they work side-by-side gives you the best evaluation experience.
During the comparison stage look at something like a VM that uses too much RAM:

  • How does each tool recommend fixing the issue?
  • Can the fix be automated or is it a manual fix?
  • If you make the change to the VM how will it affect the overall performance of the VM or virtual environment? Are there reports that can be run to determine all VM recommendations and can you schedule them?
  • When viewing the issue in the product – how many clicks until you see the recommendation for a solution?
  • Is it cumbersome to get to the recommendation within the product and/or frustrating finding the answer?

There are many things when comparing products to be aware of and answering questions as you go through the products is a great way to evaluate them.

Conclusion

Remember that there are many products out there for evaluation and choosing the right one can be a difficult decision. Evaluating the ones that appeal most to your organization is the best way to go and using a methodology for testing them is even better.

In the end you will ensure your success by choosing the right platform for the job! Evaluate…..evaluate…..evaluate

About Chris Childerhose

chris-childerhoseChris Childerhose has over 20 years experience in Information Technology, in a variety of different roles including Help Desk, Technical Support, Network Administration, Consulting and Infrastructure Architecture. He currently works for McMillan LLP as an Infrastructure Architect in Storage, Virtualization & Backups.

He has a passion for technology and stays on top of the ever evolving IT realm. He is VCP and MCITP certified in most of the latest technologies. Previous employers include Butterworths (Lexis-Nexis), Accubid (Trimble Software), McLean & Kerr LLP, and Triella.

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Topics: Virtualization

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