Posts Tagged ‘ VM stall ’

Why Do You *NOT* Love Going to VMworld?

Why Do You *NOT* Love Going to VMworld?

In my last post, I asked why you love going to VMworld, and gave you a few of my reasons – like the people, the technology, the announcements, the sessions, the labs, and the parties. But like any business trip, it is not all fun and games, beer and skittles, rainbows and unicorns. So why do you *not* like going to VMworld? Like my last post, I’ll go first. Here are some things I really do *not* love about going to VMworld – as well as some upsides to take the sting off 🙂 : Las Vegas – Moscone at San Francisco was great, but I have been to Vegas so much now that I am getting tired of it. Upside: if it has to be in Vegas, I think the Venetian is the best venue in town, with the best casual dining on the strip. Copenhagen – Copenhagen is…

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Why Do You Love Going to VMworld?

Why Do You Love Going to VMworld?

I love going to VMworld. It may be my favorite conference of the year (after CA World, of course!). If you love going to VMworld too, then I would really like to know why. I’ll start … For me, the best part of going to VMworld is the people, the technology, the announcements, the sessions, the labs, the parties, and the buzz: I meet great friends, colleagues, customers, analysts, tweeps, and journalists who I hardly see during the year – even though I never seem to have enough time to see everyone I want to! The labs are reportedly excellent, and it is hard to beat them for in-depth hands-on training. I’m hoping to finally attend these myself this year, if only I can find the time! There are always interesting announcements, whether from VMware or their partners (like CA) with a load of cool new tools. I can’t wait…

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Chinwag with Mike Laverick

Chinwag with Mike Laverick

I recently had the great pleasure of recording a ‘Chinwag’ on RTFM Education hosted by the inestimable Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick). Mike is a consummate pro with a comprehensive understanding of virtualization, so it was a privilege and a joy to record this video chat with him. Andi and I covered a wide range of questions – and we simple didn’t have enough time to cover every topic. These are the questions we DID manage to get through in our time! Q1. Folks used to talk about VM Sprawl, now their talking about VM stall. What is VM Stall, and what causes it? Q2. I see you took a side swipe at the “the software mainframe” analogy for virtualization – go on let rip! Q3. So you have just published a new book on virtualization and private cloud – what is that all about? Q4. There’s a lot of talk on…

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CIOZone.com Virtualization Video Discussion – Moving Past Virtual Stall

CIOZone.com Virtualization Video Discussion – Moving Past Virtual Stall

At VMworld 2010, I had the great pleasure to record a video interview with Roger Green, Executive Editor at CIOZone.com. We chatted for about 20 minutes in total (in 2 parts) about virtualization, the issues of virtual stall (including both causes and solutions), how the antecedents of virtualization can inform our modern approaches, the importance of data center automation, the impending tsunami of cloud computing, and much more. If you have not seen it, you can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. (btw, if you have not seen the video archive on CIOZone.com, you really should – it includes some fantastic interviews with many virtualization and cloud experts and thought leaders including Microsoft Director David Greschler, Rackspace CTO John Engates, VMware GM Jim Morrisroe, VMware CIO Mark Egan, and my colleague and counterpart in our Virtualization Product Management team, CA Technologies VP Subo Guha – plus a host…

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VM Stall – More Than Four Reasons

VM Stall – More Than Four Reasons

I recently saw a great article in IT World Canada titled “Virtual stall: What it is and why you have it,” written by Jay Litkey, that took up my idea of VM stall, which I first came up with in my blog from May ‘Is “VM Stall” the Next Big Virtualization Challenge?‘. Though they barely acknowledge my blog as their inspiration (and as a competitor to CA Technologies – my employer – why would they?), it seems Jay and his team have wholeheartedly taken up my concern with VM stall, and not just in the IT World Canada article. Marketing lead David Lynch was quoted on the topic in a post by Bruce Hoard of Virtualization Review, and in a recent Tech Target article on ‘ISV stall’. Several posts on their corporate blog also address the issue as if it was their own baby. In my past life at EMA,…

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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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