Posts Tagged VMware
With its recent announcement, VCE is showing the world that it is more than a solution of parts from the parent companies (Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel). VCE’s revenue is now tracking over $1B per year thanks to Q4 2012 being over $250M and according to industry trackers, is the top selling converged infrastructure solution. The most notable piece of VCE’s recent announcement is that for the first time, the company is bringing a software product to market that was developed in-house – VCE Vision Intelligent Operations which will start shipping with all Vblocks in April 2013. First of all, the creation of a new software line is a proof point that the company is not a short-term project; despite the coopetition between parent companies, the bottom line is that VCE provides revenue and strategic value in how EMC and Cisco bring data center solutions to the market. At its core, VCE Vision software helps deliver on the mission of the company, which is to help simplify infrastructure for virtualized environments by moving from siloed components to management at the rack level. Managing by the rack rather than the component is how hyperscale companies manage their environments at much lower operational costs (see Rack Level Architectures and Hyperscale Operations). Virtualization administrators will now manage a “Vblock” item directly in vCenter, so the internal components become invisible, allowing for much less day-to-day touching of the solution.
Over the years, I’ve attended a lot of conferences. For the first time, I’ve decided to write up a critique of a conference from the perspective of an attendee. VMworld 2012 was, overall, an incredible show with a vendor exhibit show, which, alone, was worth the time spent on travel to San Francisco. Here are some of my thoughts on the show as a whole. I’m not commenting on all of the content of the conference (i.e. keynotes) as those thoughts will be written up in separate posts.
There is no doubt that virtualization is transforming data centers across the world. More and more organizations are now solidly in line on a virtualization track and on the way somewhere along the virtualization spectrum from zero virtualized guest systems to 100% virtualization. Organizations no doubt enjoy the fiscal and operational benefits of migrating from existing physical to virtual systems in their data centers, but there are many things to consider before jumping right in to doing that.
At VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, VMware previewed its tentative plans for fundamental changes in the way storage-related operations will be handled by VM and storage administrators.
At the heart of the plan is a new logical construct dubbed VM volumes (VMV). A VMV contains all the storage instantiations of a Virtual Machine (VM) including its VMDK, clones, snapshots, replicas and QOS parameters.
Earlier this year, SiliconANGLE and Wikibon barnstormed 5 tech shows in 5 weeks, reaching more than 2 million views of our live CUBE programming. We’re back at it and Wikibon is once again pleased to be a part of the SiliconANGLE.tv and VMware production of VMworld Live from Las Vegas. We have an amazing lineup to discuss the future of virtualization, cloud, big data and mobile technologies. Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming next week:
While cloud may be the focus of marketing and press campaigns, VMware server virtualization is still one of the primary growth engines for enterprise data center environments today. CIOs have reaped benefits through consolidation and agility of server virtualization, but have had to deal with the ripple effects of how virtualization breaks storage (and networking). Last year, Wikibon took a close look at the integration journey that is required to allow VMware virtualization to continue its growth by creating higher performance storage solutions that can move into mission critical applications. Every storage vendor has a strong push into virtualization in general, and VMware specifically, and while it is a complex story as to who is “the best”, Wikibon did extensive research to peel back the onion on storage integration with VMware. We have posted the full results of the VMware Storage Integration research; this article and others will add some color to the report.
As a follow up to research from last year (The Value of the VMware Integration Journey), Wikibon recently ran a survey of our community to collect user experiences and preferences for storage integration with VMware. We were thrilled with the support from the community and the quality and depth of the responses that we received. The primary method of gathering results was through a direct email to the Wikibon community. In addition, I’d like to thank VMware, Dell, NetApp, HP, EMC and others for sharing the survey through various social channels.
Last week, Storage Networking World (SNW), the “World’s Largest Storage, Data Center and IT Infrastructure Conference” brought together a couple thousand people to hear the latest in storage optimization and innovation. With the big trends of virtualization, convergence and cloud computing, it is without a doubt that the role of the storage administrator is evolving. While streamlining roles can help improve operational expenses, when it comes to storage, data availability and data integrity must be maintained. There are a number of solutions that are looking to transform and potentially chip away at the traditional storage administrator’s role.