Virtualization tools are providing storage pros with the ability to overcome the limitations of physical servers and gain more flexibility. While hypervisors are allowing them to leap over these boundaries, they’re simultaneously crumbling traditional data protection walls. It’s time to rethink how we handle backup. Inside, discover 8 essential real-world practices to put in place for hypervisor backup, archiving, and disaster recovery.
Virtualization is now mainstream. Enterprises continue to heavily invest in virtualization projects and while short term hardware and cost saving benefits are being achieved, few enterprises achieve anywhere close to the full potential of virtualization as they struggle with new problems like assuring performance and availability, preventing VM sprawl, and maximizing resource utilization
This whitepaper: Describes a 4-stage virtualization maturity lifecycle experienced by many organizations and discusses in detail (using sample project plans) the tasks and capabilities required to succeed at each stage of the maturity lifecycle.
If you’re like most people, the reason you’re looking at OpenStack for a private cloud is because your developers fell in love with public cloud, and you want to give them the same experience, but with better economics, control, and performance of a private cloud.
The reality is that instead of looking to replicate the public cloud experience, privately, we often run in to people that want to fiddle with every aspect of the infrastructure and OpenStack® itself.
Companies start off looking for a public cloud experience, but quickly become more interested in the choice of hypervisor, network models and storage architecture -- none of which are even up for discussion in a public cloud. These questions aren’t wrong to ask, they just shouldn’t matter to you. What should matter is the experience your developers will have in your private cloud,
how your apps will run, and how your private cloud will integrate with your existing systems and apps.
Neovise, a cloud computing industry research and analyst firm, prepared this Perspective Report.
• Cloud(n), an IaaS public cloud solution developed by NTT and hosted by Verio, delivers unique value, flexibility, reliability, backed by 24/7 customer support.
• Using NTT’s vast global network, Verio can offer 99.99% reliability as well as free bandwidth and fixed pricing caps, so customers never pay more than expected.
• Citrix CloudPlatform provides developers with a secure, reliable, hypervisor agnostic foundation supporting almost any workload, scaling in and out, as needed.
• The intuitive management portal enables custom configured cloud servers to be spun up in minutes, using pre-set or uploaded templates. Load balancing, auto scaling, and monitoring are included. With an extensible API, the portal integrates with over 200 3rd party solutions, including AWS.
• ISVs, SaaS and developers should seriously consider the many advantages of Cloud(n).
This document is targeted at networking and virtualization architects interested in deploying VMware NSX network virtualization in a multi-hypervisor environment based on the integrated solution from VMware and Juniper.
VMware’s Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) vision leverages core data center virtualization technologies to transform data center economics and business agility through automation and non disruptive deployment that embraces and extends existing compute, network and storage infrastructure investments. NSX is the component providing the networking virtualization pillar of this vision. As a platform, NSX provides partners the capability of integrating their solution and build on the top of the existing functionalities. NSX enables an agile overlay infrastructure for public and private cloud environments leveraging Juniper’s robust and resilient underlay infrastructure that also helps bridge the physical and virtual worlds using the L2 gateway functionality.
Protecting your business-critical applications without impacting performance is proving ever more challenging in the face of unrelenting data growth, stringent recovery service level agreements (SLAs) and increasingly virtualized environments. Traditional approaches to data protection are unable to cost-effectively deliver the end-to-end availability and protection that your applications and hypervisors demand. A faster, easier, more efficient, and reliable way to protect data is needed.
"Cloud computing, also known as 'IT as a Service', is predicated on delivering IT services on demand, an idea that has support from business leaders as a way to better align IT with business operations. Cloud computing has two key requirements: virtualized applications and seamless support and integration between the server, networking, storage and hypervisor components.
In this paper, we explore these concepts and highlight the critical features necessary to move beyond server virtualization by leveraging key integration capabilities between IT components-with a particular focus on the important role that storage plays in the evolution of the datacenter architecture."
VMware vRealize® Suite is the market-leading cloud management platform* purpose-built for heterogeneous, multi-cloud environments. It provides a comprehensive management stack for IT services on VMware vSphere® and other hypervisors, physical infrastructure, OpenStack, and external clouds such as VMware vCloud® Air™ and Amazon Web Services, all with a unified management experience. With vRealize Suite, IT can provision and manage at scale—compute, storage, network, and application services across multiple private and public cloud environments.
HP ConvergedSystem 700x for Virtualization has been designed to address one of today’s top priorities for IT organizations – reducing data center complexity. Pre-configured to meet a range of business needs, HP ConvergedSystem 700x for Virtualization offerings can be easily and rapidly deployed to support a variety of virtualized application environments. HP does all the work, using balanced building blocks of servers, storage, and networking, along with integrated management software and bundled support.HP ConvergedSystem 700x for Virtualization delivers a best-in-class virtualized infrastructure, with integrated software, hardware, services, and support – all delivered as a single, proven solution that can support multiple hypervisors and is enabled for cloud management. Read this technical whitepaper to learn more.
Windows Server 2008 includes the Hyper-V role, which is a hypervisor that enables server virtualization. This new virtualization hypervisor enables a Windows Server 2008 system to host many VMs or child partitions that run directly on the hypervisor layer. Hyper-V servers and VMs can be centrally managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to enable centralized management and advanced features. This demo video shows Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).
Enterprises are looking to innovations like big data, cloud-based services and mobile apps to improve decision making and accelerate business results. But legacy IT implementations—independent compute, storage and networking platforms, veneered with a hypervisor— often can’t deliver on the increased agility, scalability and price performance demands of this new era of IT.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Jan 01, 2002
Because of the strength of specific hypervisors, many organizations run multiple hypervisors, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In fact, larger organizations are using different hypervisors in order to get the right solution for their needs.
Zerto has introduced a virtual-aware, software-only, tier-one, enterprise-class replication solution purpose-built for virtual environments. Read on to learn how this gives a new approach to business continuity and disaster recovery
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Jul 01, 2013
OpenStack is poised to become a cornerstone of the emerging cloud system software market, but “generic” OpenStack can be challenging. Drawing on its experience with enterprise Linux, Red Hat is delivering a commercially supported and tested version of OpenStack that’s “enterprise-ready.”
In this White Paper IDC sees the use of static x86 server configurations is quickly becoming an outdated concept with the introduction of modern solutions based on blade architectures, which can offer both intelligent configuration and management and the ability to perform physical-to-virtual migration to promote uptime and efficient resource usage. When combined with the quickly maturing x86 hypervisor technologies available from a variety of solution providers, the synergy of blade architectures and virtualization offers customers the ability to dramatically increase utilization of their server investments, boost uptime, provide a more resilient and available infrastructure, and roll out new infrastructure and services more quickly.
As organizations continue to deploy server virtualization, questions have shifted from "if" to "how." Out of all 220 inquiries Forrester's IT infrastructure and operations team answered on data centers, servers, and virtual appliances in 2008 to date, 72 were specifically in regard to server virtualization. These IT professionals' most common inquiries addressed vendor comparison, optimum physical to virtual consolidation ratios, expected ROI, and situation-specific concerns regarding the possible benefits that virtual servers could provide. These inquiries came from organizations in the early stages of implementing server virtualization — if you are considering or are in the process of implementing, you too should be asking these questions.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Feb 01, 2013
IDC looked at the growing capabilities of open source KVM as a hypervisor for Linux and Windows. In particular, they noted that oVirt, commercially supported by Red Hat with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, has emerged as the open source standard for base KVM management.
"Lenovo® XClarity™ is a new centralized systems management solution that helps administrators deliver infrastructure faster. This solution integrates easily into Lenovo System x® M5 and X6 rack servers and the Lenovo Flex System™ — all powered by Intel® Xeon® processors — providing automated discovery, monitoring, firmware updates, configuration management, and bare metal deployment of operating systems and hypervisors across multiple systems. Lenovo XClarity provides automated resource management with agentless, software virtual appliance architecture. It features an intuitive graphical user interface.
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VM performance cannot outpace the hardware and hypervisor that serve as its foundation. There are still several areas that need to be fine-tuned to maximize VM performance for your environment.
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"VM performance is ultimately determined by the underlying physical hardware and the hypervisor that serves as the foundation for your virtual infrastructure. This foundation has become simpler over the years, but there are still several areas that need to be fine-tuned to maximize the VM performance for your environment.
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Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft’s next generation hypervisor technology, adds an exciting new dimension to the server virtualization market. With Hyper-V and Microsoft’s integrated Server Management suite, you can take advantage of a powerful set of tools to help simplify infrastructure management and better utilize your hardware investments.
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