This is not a paper on disk defrag. Although conceptually similar, it describes an entirely new approach to server optimization that performs a similar operation on the compute, memory and IO capacity of entire virtual and cloud environments.
Capacity defragmentation is a concept that is becoming increasingly important in the management of modern data centers. As virtualization increases its penetration into production environments, and as public and private clouds move to the forefront of the IT mindset, the ability to leverage this newly-found agility while at the same driving high efficiency (and low risk) is a real game changer. This white paper outlines how managers of IT environments make the transition from old-school capacity management to new-school efficiency management.
DataCore Virtual SAN introduces the next evolution in Software-defined Storage (SDS) by creating high-performance and highly-available shared storage pools using the disks and flash storage in your servers. It addresses the requirements for fast and reliable access to storage across a cluster of servers at remote sites as well as in high-performance applications.Download this white paper to learn about:
• The technical aspects of DataCore’s Virtual SAN solution - a deep dive into converged storage• How DataCore Virtual SAN addresses IT challenges such as single points of failure, poor application performance, low storage efficiency and utilization, and high infrastructure costs.• Explore possible use cases and benefits of DataCore’s Virtual SAN
SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations. Learn how SIOS iQ can help you identify wasted VMware resources (idle VMs, unneeded snapshot); find and resolve root causes of performance issues, and make informed decisions about implementing and configuring storage acceleration (host based caching with SSDs, all-flash arrays, and hybrid storage).
ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended.
The cloud has revolutionized the way we build IT systems within enterprises. Indeed, enterprise IT’s goal since the inception of cloud computing has been to replicate the power of cloud computing within their own data centers. The trouble is that cloud computing systems were built net-new, which meant they could start from scratch and thus be more innovative with the use of cloud-based resources using the most modern technology and approaches available. Enterprises don’t have the same luxury. Decades of enterprise hardware and software purchases exist at different levels of maturation, and those structures must also support mission-critical systems in operations.
However, things are changing. New technology now provides enterprises with the public cloud experience,which includes:
Security, control and application requirements are the driving forces behind the interest in a private cloud. As per the values listed above, enterprises are turning to the private cloud model to gain the value of cloud, but maintain security and control.
Cloud provider, Rackspace, surveyed 400 organizations in the United States and the U.K. Of those organizations, 294 were hybrid cloud users. According to the survey, 52% of respondents who've moved applications or workloads from public cloud services to private or hybrid clouds said they were motivated by improved security. Another 42% said hybrid and private environments offer better control, and 37% cited superior performance and reliability.
While the value is understood holistically, we need paths to define the value of a private cloud within enterprises that prove the return on investment to the stakeholders. Below are suggestions for both a process and metrics that you can leverage to prove the ROI within your organization. That said, each business is different, and thus there needs to be some adaptation of the process and metrics for your own problem domains.
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 CMDB Support
o Converged Infrastructure
· Zenoss for Virtualization Monitoring