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  • Picking the right design for VMware vRealize Orchestrator

    Choosing the right vRealize Orchestrator design option will determine how effective your environment runs. This chapter excerpt can help you make the right decision. Continue Reading

  • AWS re:Invent 2016 attendees react to host of new services

    AWS rolled out nearly two dozen new services at AWS re:Invent 2016, and conference attendees were quick to react to all things cloud during the keynote addresses. Continue Reading

  • Devise a hybrid cloud implementation plan

    Most experts and vendors agree a hybrid cloud bridging on-premises clouds with public clouds is the most popular way to go for cloud storage. This handbook examines the tools and technologies required to make hybrid cloud implementation work.

    Hybrid cloud implementation requires a sound management strategy that starts with determining which applications and data will reside on premises and those that will live in the cloud. IT administrators also need to carefully select the right public cloud service and determine how it matches with the private, on-premises cloud.

    A hybrid cloud can consist of multiple private and public clouds. Key tools for the cloud are virtual or physical appliances, virtual switches and hybrid cloud management products. There are numerous appliance choices in the market, but hybrid cloud management tools are still evolving. Managing a hybrid cloud implementation has become the trickiest part of the model.

    IT administrators need to determine if they want a "single pane of glass" approach to cloud management tools or to use a collection of specialized tools that are designed for a specific operation in the cloud. A consolidated management tool is best when you need to manage budgets across multiple providers or identities of users who access images running in multiple clouds. Specialized tools are good when specific weak spots need to be addressed. Often, a combination of specialized programs and custom coding is key; while, in other cases, a cloud software platform is a better option.

    In general, a hybrid cloud is a more complex model to manage. IT administrators need to find a public cloud provider that supports the on-premises cloud API so that migrating virtual images between the private and public cloud is easier. They also need to find a cloud vendor that has the same cloud stack and cloud API for both clouds or find a third party that has software that can be tailored to migrate virtual images between the two types of cloud.

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  • Multicloud environment poses management challenges

    The growth of the multicloud environment among enterprises is fueling the need for management tools that reduce complexity and redundancy. Continue Reading

  • IT performance management pegged for increase of virtualization tools

    TechTarget survey results highlight the growth of IT performance management tools that provide automated feedback to problems with applications, server virtualization and the cloud. Continue Reading

  • To prevent VM sprawl, put data first and tools second

    The creation of too many VMs and the continued existence of unused VMs plague modern IT infrastructure. This three-part guide looks at the ongoing battle against virtual machine sprawl, with a focus on strategies and tools for tracking VM lifecycles. Servers can be virtualized so easily, a reality that is both a blessing and a curse. Unneeded VMs waste an organization’s resources and can create licensing complications. To combat these inefficiencies, IT teams should put specific controls in place and adopt strategies that prevent VM sprawl. This guide emphasizes the importance of business policies that require users to justify the need for and duration of a VM. Without reasonable controls in place, VMs will proliferate and, over time, diminish the effectiveness of a virtualized infrastructure.

    While many organizations have adopted sound practices for deploying virtual machines, they have not succeeded in effectively managing these virtualized environments. As a result, they are confronting server sprawl and losing the full benefit of their virtualization investments. Products exist to address this issue; some are from major virtualization vendors and others from third-party vendors. Combined with firm policies, these products can assist admins in managing VM sprawl, if not stopping it altogether.

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