SaaS is helping IT deliver cost savings, better capacity management, and more rapid deployment. But as you move IT services to the cloud, keep these critical issues in mind.
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As more organizations virtualize their infrastructure and move toward on-demand IT provisioning, IT pros will need different approach to monitoring and meeting users' tech needs.
Although the technical aspects of project management are important, they are not sufficient to ensure real success. For that, we need a more strategic approach.
The three-year-old facility is expected to triple in size via a staged expansion to provide spillover capacity from the co-location provider's various London datacentres
VKernel has updated its Vkernel Operations Suite 3 (formally known as the Vkernel Capacity Management Suite) by adding a new performance analyzer. Let's look into what the company has to say about its product and put the announcement into context.
VMware is moving upstream in the software stack into IT operations management. VMware rolled out VMware vCenter Operations yesterday, which will aim to integrate computing assets, capacity and configurations. Analytics will help automate virtualised datacentre infrastructure.
Management and capacity planning using virtualized storage and incorporating the potential of cloud-based systems will require some very specialized tools.
Datacentre services provider TelecityGroup announced on Monday plans to expand its datacentre capacity within the UK.The co-location provider will add three megawatts (MW) of customer capacity power to its Harbour Exchange datacentre in London Docklands and will build a new 3.
CA said it would buy Hyperformix and BMC follows up with the purchase of Neptuny's software business. The message: IT capacity management is hot.
I've written about energy management company EnerNOC in the demand response sense, based on the work that it is doing to help companies with generating capacity reduce their grid dependency in peak demand situations. (As a reminder, here's my post about how EnerNOC is working with a New York-based data center operator to help it make the most of situations where it could benefit financially from turning on its generators.
Everything as a service has come to capacity management.
Improved insights and analysis from IT systems logs helps reduce complexity risks from virtualization
We seem to be at a tipping point in terms of everyone doing virtualization, or wanting to do it, or wanting to do even more. IT managers experimenting with virtualization are seeking to reduce costs, to improve the efficiency in use of their assets, or for using virtualization to address the issues they might have with energy cost, energy capacity or sometimes even space capacity in the data center. But the paybacks from virtualization can be lost or mitigated when management and complexity are not matched. Poorly run or mismanaged virtualized environments are a huge missed opportunity.
The obvious lesson from the correlation between Microsoft's eagerness to brag about the performance and reliability of the system installed at the London Stock Exchange and it's actual performance and unreliability is that pride goeth before a fall - but the deeper lesson is that top management didn't do its job and should be held accountable.
Colleague George Ou, who is not a proponent of most net neutrality regulations, stated his opinions before a Congressional staffer-panel on Network Management sponsored by iGrowthGlobal.That outfit, whose board is full of board members who have served in a similar capacity on the Pox on consumer rights that is the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a group that declares as part of its goal that:governments resist the temptation to regulate, tax and control.
Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech. Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik). Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.
Just a quick note to let members know that we've extended the deadline on our competition to win a trip to San Francisco for the RSA Conference 2008 in April or a full pass to RSA Europe 2007 in London next month.To recap, all you have to do is post entries in our Sentry Posts group blog on security management.
Ahmed Datoo of BlackBerry troubleshooting solutions provider Zenprise sends along some BlackBerry Enterprise Server management best practices:Five Tips To Ensure A Healthy BES Environment:Ensure you have enough Exchange server capacity. Every BlackBerry user added to your environment can generate a fair amount of load on your Exchange server.
Despite broader recognition of the need for securing access to applications and other IT resources, enterprises are still struggling to come to terms with the issues involved with identity and access management (IAM), Gartner has warned."We need to have a much more well defined process for IAM, with architectures, controls and processes," Gartner UK vice president for research Ant Allan told attendees at a recent conference on identity and access management in London.
[Live from VMWorld in Los Angeles]VMWare working on power management system on top of VI that spots spare capacity and shuts down or clams down servers to save power. Also, says VMWare, letting virtual desktops run at employees homes saves power in the office.
tools and ideas, like virtualization and capacity management, that evolved to fit that earlier world, simply don't apply in ours
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