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53 essential resources for DevOps practitioners

53 essential resources for DevOps practitioners

 Recently the good people at TechBeacon – an HP content marketing project, but still with a lot of really useful posts – listed 53 essential resources for DevOps practitioners. And apparently I am on! Thanks Techbeacon! There are also 52 actually useful resources then, 😉 including blogs, twitter handles, books, and more. It’s a damn fine list if you ask me! Go check out all 53 over at the source – 53 essential resources for DevOps practitioners.

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Why Boring Data Centers Are the Best – Slashdot

Why Boring Data Centers Are the Best – Slashdot

Data center designers should take a page from the High Performance Computing (HPC) market. I have always enjoyed talking with my mate Andy Patrizio, about all things tech. I recently had a chance to talk with him about standardization in the data center. He wrote up a great article on the how IT should approach uniformity, with some interesting case studies from Zynga and Southwest Airlines, and viewpoints from Peter ffoulkes, senior analyst with TheInfoPro (a division of 451 Research) and myself. Andi Mann, vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, said he agrees with ffoulkes to a point. “I think it’s a good idea, a best practice, to standardize on a hardware build and hypervisor,” he explained. “It reduces the fragility of the environment and gives you the opportunity to have stability. But there are a lot of real world circumstances where it’s not a good idea. The…

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CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together

CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together

I was interviewed for a great article published today in CRN titled, “CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together”. In it, Jack McCarthy writes:

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The Cost of Innovation in Virtualization and Cloud?

The Cost of Innovation in Virtualization and Cloud?

I was pointed the other day to a chart on the Business Insider ‘Chart of the Day’ (@chartoftheday) showing the R&D expenditures for a handful of tech companies, evidence of Apple’s supposedly superior ‘innovation’ compared to four apparently randomly chosen tech companies. On the surface, I thought it was an interesting idea, so I looked at R&D spending in companies that are actually related, in the virtualization and cloud computing space. With a little research on Google Finance, I put together the following chart: While it is interesting to look at these numbers, and individual comparisons can be somewhat revealing, I don’t see a reliable correlation between technology innovation and R&D spending – either as a percentage of revenues, or an absolute amount. I’ll just leave it here though. Feel free to comment on what you think this means. Appendix: For the Inquisitive If you are geek like me, you…

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Mainframe as an Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Server?

Mainframe as an Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Server?

In my last blog, I talked about the idea of a ‘software mainframe’, and how – if that term really means anything – IBM could actually be a serious threat to VMware (and the Virtual Computing Environment coalition of VMware/Cisco/EMC) , if it decided to support native Windows guests on its zSeries mainframes. As I noted in that post, I think this is far from impossible, and would change the face of the server virtualization substantially. After I published that blog it occurred to me that IBM’s biggest opportunity may not be (or may not only be) in server virtualization. After all, VMware has a pretty good lock on that market right now, so simply getting penetration would be very tough (just ask Microsoft!). Plus, scaling out a zSeries platform with 1000 or more virtual servers in one hit is a major project, with a major upfront hardware budget, that…

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Is ‘VM Stall’ the Next Big Virtualization Challenge?

Is ‘VM Stall’ the Next Big Virtualization Challenge?

There appears to be a challenger to ‘VM sprawl’ as the scourge of virtualization success - a problem I call ‘VM stall’. We know about ‘VM sprawl’ – because new virtual machines are so easy to deploy, organizations can end up with more VMs that they can handle, or even use. This has the potential to cause severe problems to availability, performance, compliance, costs, security, and more. However, I am seeing more and more evidence of this new phenomenon I think of as ‘VM stall’ – the tendency for virtualization deployments to stall once the ‘low-hanging fruit’ has been converted (typically around 20-30% of servers). I think it happens more or less like this...

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Is KVM a credible choice for x86 server virtualization?

Is KVM a credible choice for x86 server virtualization?

The other day I saw someone post a poll question, “Is KVM a credible choice for x86 virtualization?” My immediate response was – “Is that even a credible question?” If you read my many contributions to TechTarget, you will know I am no great supporter of KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine). In my analysis, it does not offer any significant advantages to the many alternatives. It does, however, introduce many significant challenges. The only significant and unique benefit of KVM for server virtualization (as noted by Sander van Vugt in our (virtual) debate on Xen vs.KVM Linux Virtualization Hypervisors) is that KVM is part of the Linux kernel. This ensures broad standardization, patch compatibility, simpler upgrades, and a low-impact on-ramp for existing Linux IT shops. Yet this is a solution for a problem that does not really exist.

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Microsoft Acquires Opalis

Microsoft Acquires Opalis

Today Microsoft Corporation (NASD:MSFT) announced a definitive agreement to acquire Opalis Inc., the leading independent vendor of IT Process Automation (ITPA) software. IT Process Automation (ITPA) is a Data Center Automation (DCA) discipline that EMA defines as “the ability to automate and integrate the workflow of complex, multi-discipline IT management processes.” This automation can replace many manual, resource-intensive, and error-prone activities that typically cross multiple IT components, disciplines, and/or departments. ITPA delivers exceptional results including freeing up 77% more staff for strategic projects, providing more than 60 additional hours of system availability per year, and saving an average $500,000 more per year on staff costs than other Data Center Automation (DCA) disciplines.

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HP & CIO Magazine’s New Virtualization Survey

HP & CIO Magazine’s New Virtualization Survey

HP Software & Solutions recently conducted a global CIO survey with CIO Magazine on virtualization trends.  Shay Mowlem, Director Virtualization Strategy with HP, and Jim Malone, Editorial Director of CXO Media’s Custom Solutions Group, held a free webcast last week to cover the details of the survey.  If you missed it, you should certainly check out the replay. The survey revealed some very interesting data, with a very well thought out instrument and a quality sample – 300 respondents (100 each from the US, EMEA, and Asia Pacific) with at least 500 employees in the US (250 in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore and India), and all with a current or planned investment in server virtualization. A number of data points stand out for me:

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Virtualization is not Cloud … but Cloud needs Virtualization

Virtualization is not Cloud … but Cloud needs Virtualization

Surfing  a couple of blogs today, jumping from another analyst commenting that virtualization is not cloud (a fair, if unexplored, post), I came across William Vambenepe’s post from September on the confusion between virtualization and Cloud Computing. As he did on my blog recently, I started to post a reply to his site, and then as it expanded, decided to post it as a full reply on my own blog. I like the thinking, and agree with a lot of the principles involved. Without doubt, virtualization is not cloud. But I can’t agree with it all. Apart from technical quibbles (like the part about mainframe LPARs not running on a hypervisor), I simply find it unreasonable, if not impossible, to think of implementing cloud computing without virtualization.

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