The enormous volume, velocity and variety of data flooding the enterprise, along with the push for analytics and business intelligence, is creating a massive challenge that is overwhelming traditional storage approaches. As the demand for capacity continues to escalate, companies must be able to effectively and dynamically manage the storage supply, but also the demand for storage resources. The key is to optimize the infrastructure through standardization and virtualization, and replace manual tasks with policy-based automation.
Many organizations have understandably turned to consolidation and virtualization to reduce server complexity, footprint and cost-to-scale. The next step is to optimize performance using analytics, policy-based automation and new technologies like cloud computing. Companies that focus on server optimization are seeing greater flexibility and sustained cost and operational efficiencies, with administrators able to manage 2.5 times more servers and almost twice as many virtual machines per server.
To meet the challenges of managing such a complex environment, IT teams need an enterprise-ready cloud management platform that can support multivendor environments, automate application and service delivery, and facilitate operations and governance. VMware provides an enterprise-ready cloud management platform that delivers the industry’s most complete solution for managing a heterogeneous, hybrid cloud, and supports cloud management requirements across Day 1 and Day 2 operations for compute, storage, network and application level resources. The VMware solution is in use today across a wide range of industries and use cases, delivering benefits such as faster provisioning, optimized IT operations, and lower capital spending.
To learn more about the VMware cloud management platform, visit http://www.vmware.com/virtualization/ cloud-management.
If you’re running a small to midsize business, you probably already know firsthand how server virtualization can help you compete against the big guys – by reducing costs, lowering risk and increasing agility. Now it’s time to think about storage.
CA’s portfolio is designed to drive efficiency from planning through production. A core component of our continuous delivery portfolio is CA Release Automation, a market-leading application release automation solution that delivers full application deployment automation and release coordination across stages, environments and teams. The solution’s analytic capabilities enable DevOps teams to plan, manage, analyze and optimize the continuous delivery pipeline from a single control point. In addition, the portfolio includes CA Agile Central, CA Agile Requirements Designer, CA Service Virtualization and CA Test Data Manager. We continue to invest in and enhance the portfolio, most recently via the acquisition of BlazeMeter, an innovative, SaaS-based performance and load-testing solution.
This white paper describes how Fluid Data storage reduces the capacity required to support VMware, maximizes system performance and efficiency, accelerates storage provisioning, simplifies resource management and streamlines disaster recovery.
When considering server virtualization, planning and design are critical. How do you optimize your environment through virtualization? How do you keep your server sprawl from becoming virtual server sprawl? How will a virtualized environment help your business? Will your existing data center meet current, and future, business requirements? Answer your Questions today!
Published By: Dell-Intel
Published Date: Oct 30, 2008
Dell servers have been optimized to help provide strong support for the latest ESX release, VMware ESX 3.5 Update 2, including enhanced performance for virtualized environments based on support for six-core Intel Xeon processors. Organizations that do not approach server virtualization with a clear plan risk developing a chaotic, inflexible infrastructure that wastes energy and resources.
Today's server blades simply aren't optimized for virtualization. So we built one for you that is. The ProLiant BL495c virtualization blade helps you remove bottlenecks to virtual server performance by packing two-times more memory slots and more network connections per server than other two processor server blades. Listen to the HP ProLiant BL495C Virtualization Blade podcast:
"How can you make sure that your private cloud is agile, responsive, and efficient? NetApp offers private cloud technology that aligns with the following recommendations from Enterprise Strategy Group:
* Optimize storage to fully realize the benefits of server virtualization and private cloud
* Treat storage efficiency as a strategic opportunity to hone and improve the overall cloud environment
* Use techniques such as deduplication and compression to expand the available capacity of a private cloud"
IT virtualization, the engine behind cloud computing, can have significant consequences on the data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). Higher power densities that often result can challenge the cooling capabilities of an existing system. Reduced overall energy consumption that typically results from physical server consolidation may actually worsen the data center’s power usage effectiveness (PUE). Dynamic loads that vary in time and location may heighten the risk of downtime if rack-level power and cooling health are not understood and considered. Finally, the fault-tolerant nature of a highly virtualized environment could raise questions about the level of redundancy required in the physical infrastructure. These particular effects of virtualization are discussed and possible solutions or methods for dealing with them are offered.
Virtualization was supposed to be the disruptive technology that saved IT. The cost savings from consolidation and the ease at which applications can be deployed promised to vastly improve delivery of IT services, free up IT staff to work on other projects, and not strain budgets.
Unfortunately, lack of insight into IT resource status in highly virtualized environments and the complexity of the interactions between server, storage, and network elements have added to IT staff manual workloads and led most companies to dedicate too much time to operations and not enough time to innovation. This basically negates the major benefits of virtualization.
The data center is challenged. Many midsize businesses simply do not have designated personnel to care for their data center; they have only a standard room to host the company server and storage infrastructure and have no luxury to expand. In short, they must work within their constrained space.
Virtualization offers significant agility and efficiency benefits. Pre-tested and optimized solutions from HP and Red Hat® are your fastest—and most cost-effective—path to get there. HP and Red Hat—two trusted business partners—have collaborated to create an answer. HP RA for Red Hat on ConvergedSystem 700x combines proven HP Converged Infrastructure components—to speed virtual server deployments—with open-source Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization software. The result is a compelling, cost-effective platform for consolidating your Linux systems. Read this solution brief to learn more.
Developers must deliver high-quality applications while limiting their testing expenses. In this challenging environment, a combination of automated integration testing and test virtualization can enable test teams to improve software quality and keep up with the rate of change.
What’s needed today is storage that’s flexible enough to be used for both legacy IT and virtual systems environments and repurposed as new needs arise. Storage must be quickly expandable and must enable data and applications to be easily and securely migrated, with workloads automatically rebalanced. Applications need to be online 24 x 7, so high availability is paramount. Management of the entire storage pool, as well as coordination with virtualized servers and networking, must be streamlined and simplified. This Tech Dossier reveals how HP Converged Storage can meet your organizations storage requirements.
In today’s hyperconnected world—with its multiple mobile devices, ubiquitous Internet access and pervasive social media platforms—people expect immediate access to information and services. These expectations are increasingly felt in corporate IT departments, where business units demand instant applications and fast services.
Virtualization and cloud computing can help corporate IT meet these demands by bringing more flexibility and agility to the environment. But the ultimate solution is to transform the way IT is delivered. Indeed, many enterprises have already started on the journey toward the IT as a service (ITaaS) model.
This interactive eBook describes how virtualization is not a device to implement, but rather a journey to realize greater and greater gains. Featuring cases from midsize companies around the world, the eBook details how to get started, the importance of consolidation, tangible ways to fully benefit from virtualization and more.