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The Definitive Guide to Monitoring Virtual Environments
The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual env

OVERVIEW

The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual environment to new levels of efficiency, performance and scale.

This guide explains the pervasiveness of virtualized environments in modern data centers, the demand these environments create for more robust monitoring and analytics solutions, and the keys to getting the most out of virtualization deployments.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

·        History and Expansion of Virtualized Environments

·        Monitoring Virtual Environments

·        Approaches to Monitoring

·        Why Effective Virtualization Monitoring Matters

·        A Unified Approach to Monitoring Virtualized Environments

·        5 Key Capabilities for Virtualization Monitoring

o   Real-Time Awareness

o   Rapid Root-Cause Analytics

o   End-to-End Visibility

o   Complete Flexibility

o   Hypervisor Agnosticism

·        Evaluating a Monitoring Solution

o   Unified View

o   Scalability

o   CMDB Support

o   Converged Infrastructure

o   Licensing

·        Zenoss for Virtualization Monitoring

Solution Guide for Sennheiser Headsets, IGEL Endpoints and Skype for Business on Citrix VDI
Topics: IGEL, Citrix, skype, VDI
Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

Virtualizing Windows applications and desktops in the data center or cloud has compelling security, mobility and management benefits, but delivering real-time voice and video in a virtual environment is a challenge. A poorly optimized implementation can increase costs and compromise user experience. Server scalability and bandwidth efficiency may be less than optimal, and audio-video quality may be degraded.

Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

The Next Generation Clusterless Federation Design in the Cloudistics Cloud Platform
Is there another way to manage your VMs? Yes, the introduction of the Cloudistics Cloud Platform has an innovative approach – non-clustered (or clusterless) federated design.The clusterless federation of the Cloudistics Cloud platform uses categories and tags to characterize computer nodes, migration zones, and storage groups (or blocks). With these benefits: ⦁ Node Limits Are A Thing of the Past. ⦁ Locking limitations are removed. ⦁ Flexibility is Enhanced. ⦁ Ladders of Latency are Removed. ⦁

This paper is written in the context of modern virtualized infrastructures, such as VMware or Nutanix. In such systems, a hypervisor runs on each compute node creating multiple virtual machines (VMs) per compute node. A guest OS runs inside each VM.

Data associated with each VM is stored in one or more virtual disks (vDisks). A virtual disk appears like a local disk, but can be mapped to physical storage in many ways as we will discuss.

Virtualized infrastructures use clustering to provide for non-disruptive VM migration between compute nodes, for load balancing across the nodes, for sharing storage, and for high availability and failover. Clustering is well known and has been used to build
computer systems for a long time. However, in the context of virtualized infrastructures, clustering has a number of significant limitations. Specifically, as we explain below, clusters limit scalability, decrease resource efficiency, hurt performance, reduce flexibility and impair manageability.

In this paper, we will present an innovative alternative architecture that does not have these limitations of clustering. We call our new approach clusterless federation and it is the approach used in the Cloudistics platform.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we describe the limitations of clustering and in Section 3, we drive the point home by using the specific example of VMware; other virtualized systems are similar. In Section 4, we present the clusterless federated approach and show how it avoids the limitations of clustering. We summarize in Section 5.

Leveraging Hyperconvergence for Databases and Tier 1 Enterprise Applications
In this white paper, vExpert Scott Lowe, discusses: (1) why organizations are implementing hyperconverged infrastructures, (2) how to move forward with hyperconverged infrastructure plans while ensuring your database applications continue to grow, (3) how to boost hyperconvergence performance, (4) what is the performance metric that rules them all, and (5) what are the business benefits of leveraging hyperconvergence.

We live in a data-driven world. The quantity of and need for increasing amounts of data will skyrocket in the coming years, and behind it all are databases intended to help organizations maintain the madness. At the same time, the infrastructure that powers these databases is undergoing a massive transformation as organizations seek to simplify complex IT systems to reduce the cost of such systems and to improve the speed of the business.

Hyperconverged infrastructure has emerged in recent years as an incredibly powerful way for organizations to rein in data center madness. Adoption of this technology has been explosive—in a good way!—and organizations are enjoying significant operational efficiency and cost benefits to such adoption. How do you forge? Learn more from vExpert, Scott Lowe in this white paper.