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Live - YouTube video showing how to monitor your virtualized environment!

Implemented some or all aspects of ITIL's "Service Operations" phase, but forgot to include monitoring of your virtualized resources?  And now you need to quickly bring monitoring of those ever-so-precious resources into your centralized monitoring environment?  Did you know that you can do just that with HP SiteScope - in a matter on minutes? Watch this YouTube video to learn more!

HP Service Health Optimizer – “Business Aware” Capacity Management for the virtualized datacenter

HP Software has a comprehensive set of products to manage a Virtualized datacenter effectively. Customers who are already reaping the benefits of HP’s industry leading systems management products, such as Operations Manager, Performance Agents have a new arsenal in their toolkit now – HP Service Health Optimizer – a “Business Aware” Capacity Management, focused on virtualization.

Virtualization Capacity Management – an emerging challenge

“Almost half of the workloads will be deployed in virtual environments by 2012”*

“Virtual Machine installed base to grow by 5x in 3 years between 2009 and 2012”*

“By 2012, there will be nearly 55M VMs”*

“Average number of VMs per server might explode to 75 by 2012”*

*Various sources, such as IDC, Gartner and Forrester

 

Pre-virtualization, server utilization was typically under 20%. Now, with virtualization, it's still less than 50%. What is preventing server admins from achieving higher utilization?

 

 

Agentless monitoring of virtualized resources using HP SiteScope - great new features!

Considering agentless monitoring for your virtualized resources, but need more robust features from currently available products in the marketplace?  HP SiteScope now has them ...

Visit HP at VMworld. See how we manage virtualization to reduce cost and complexity.

I’m excited about the upcoming VMworld conference that takes place from August 30- September 2 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. HP is a platinum sponsor; our booth is 1008. 

For management software, we have three software demo pods and five theater presentations during the event. HP also has a keynote session and several breakout sessions.

Q&A from "Service modeling, discovery, and monitoring for VMware environments" webinar

Thank you to all the people who attended the "Service modeling, discovery, and monitoring for VMware environments: 5 tips for optimizing management of your virtual infrastructure" webinar on April 13.


And thank you to my co-presenter, Luigi Tiano, who did an outstanding job in his demo of both our agent-based and agent-less solutions for virtualization management.



For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


Here is the Q&A transcript for the event.


 





































































Question Answer
1. Would a person want to use both agent and agentless monitoring on the same system? When? As we learned during the polling questions, 62% of the respondents already use a combination of agents and agentless monitoring. 
Using both methods on the same system can enhance your monitoring experience and offer a redundant monitoring solution for mission critical servers.
What you use will depend on how you want to manage performance and cost.
If you want to collect many metrics at very granular time intervals, an agent may be best.
If your IT policies prevent you from installing agents on some types of servers, you can still monitor them using SiteScope. And, collecting performance counters with SiteScope is done in a lightweight manner.
2. How often do the service maps update? The Virtualization SPI discovers changes as they occur, usually within minutes, based on monitoring the hypervisor. This is critical in a virtualized environment, which is characterized by frequent changes. The SPI updates the service maps.
In addition, you can control service map discovery using the Service Discovery Policy. The policy discovers all the virtual machines (VMs) configured on the VMware ESX server and creates the service map in HPOM console. The discovery policy contains a parameter which can be configured to suit your specific needs.
3. What are the key metrics someone needs to monitor? This depends on your needs and your specific IT environment.
VMware offers guidance on this issue. Please download their guide to obtain more information about available metrics and their definitions. See page 287. http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ProgrammingGuide201.pdf
4. I get the motivation to consolidate events into a single console. What information from vCenter is lost in using this approach? Despite vCenter’s amazing capabilities, it is VMware only. Operations Manager provides comprehensive management for both your physical and virtual environments. And, if you also use Microsoft HyperV, you can also view those in Operations Manager. By using one solution, you can eliminate “swivel chair management”.
With HP Operations you have the ability to map the relationships and dependencies between your critical business applications and the infrastructure which supports them. This service mapping allows for impact analysis and helps the operations bridge with root cause analysis.
5. How are the different monitoring solutions you discussed priced? For Operations Manager, agents are licensed on a per OS instance basis. The Virtualization SPI is a separate product that augments the agent to pull additional data specific to the VMware or Microsoft hypervisor.
SiteScope is licensed per point. Each point monitors a single metric. We have packages containing points to simplify the purchase process.
Please contact your HP sales rep or an authorized HP partner for a quote.
6. What virtualization platforms can you monitor?

The Operations Manager Virtual Infrastructure SPI provides management of the following:
VMware ESX 3.5, 4
VMware ESXi 3i, 4i
Microsoft Hyper-V server 2008


In addition to these, SiteScope can monitor:
VMware VirtualCenter 2.x
VMware ESX 3.x
VMware ESXi 3.5
VMware ESX 2.5 via VirtualCenter 2.x
VMware ESX 3.x via VirtualCenter 3.x
Citrix
Solaris Zones


7. Does the agent-less system use XML-APIs, SNMP, etc? how does it work? The monitored virtual server or ESX server cluster must be directly accessible by the SiteScope server (no proxy involved).
The virtual server or ESX server cluster provides connection either by HTTP or HTTPS (depending on the VI server configuration). If HTTPS is used, the server
certificate must be imported to SiteScope.
8. WMI is capable of agentless operation to collect all Windows performance metrics. Why does Operations Manager need the SPI? The virtualization SPI will not only collect performance metrics. Besides performance metrics, the agent will allow for service discovery of the VMware infrastructure. The agent will allow a more robust and comprehensive monitoring experience by allowing automatic actions as well as launch VMware specific tools to help diagnose problems.
9. How does Operations Manager tie in with SA NA OO SAR and uCMDB? Operations Manager can manage servers provisioned with Server Automation (SA). Many customers use SA to install the OM agent and set the appropriate policies.
Operations Manager can use Operations Orchestration (OO) to automatically take ownership of events and run work flows to take corrective action.
Operations Manager works closely with the uCMDB. The SPIs discover configuration items in the IT environment and load that information into the uCMDB. SPIs also track changes in the IT environment and annotate the uCMDB.
If you use Operations Manager i, it correlates events using information in the uCMDB to identify the causal event and allow operators to ignore symptoms, speeding the time to problem resolution.
10. In order to monitor the performance of a business transaction (example: Application web portal load, Login, run a query, log off). what pieces of software shall I consider? Agent or agentless? SiteScope and Operations manager are designed to monitor the infrastructure. SiteScope does provide URL monitoring and both SiteScope and Operations Manager can monitor your web services. If you are looking for a true application management solution with real time user monitoring and synthetic transaction monitoring including the end user monitoring, we recommend HP Business Availability Center and the End User Management product suite.
11. Can we get a copy of these slides? You can view slides in the webinar recording.
12. Are there other webinars on other virtualization topics? To attend the other webinars in the CIO Roundtable webinar series, please register at www.hp.com/go/swvirtualizationwebinarseries.


 


 

Attend a webinar - win a free week of virtualization consulting

Next week, on Tuesday April 13, I am co-presenting in a webinar on “Service modeling, discovery, and monitoring for VMware environments: 5 tips for optimizing management of your virtual infrastructure”.



My co-presenter, Luigi Tiano of CTC Consultants is offering a free week of virtualization consulting services to one person who attends the webinar and either



  1. Tweets this:
    Win a free week of virtualization consulting. Attend best practices webinar. #ctcvm http://ow.ly/1vQVA

  2. Or updates your LinkedIn status with this (and check the twitter box next to the “Share” button):
    I have registered for a free webinar on virtualization management and a chance to win a week of consulting services. Learn more at http://ow.ly/1vQVA


All attendees who have either tweeted or updated their LinkedIn profile will be entered into a drawing to win this week of consulting.


You can learn more about this offer here.
http://www.ctcinc.ca/solutions.aspx?show=7


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Take the next step to maximize your virtualization management ROI – Webinar series

HP Software and Solutions recently sponsored a series of virtualization roundtables, run by CIO magazine, where we shared the 2009 study findings on virtualization adoption and challenges.  During these events we heard over 100 IT executives tell us their specific needs around virtualization and their desire to continue with the discussion around key areas of virtualization.



We’re created a series of webinars to help continue the virtualization discussions including:


• April 13 - Optimizing service modeling, discovery, and monitoring for VMware environments
• April 14 - Protecting Virtualized Environments from Disaster with HP Data Protector
• April 21 - Testing Smarter and Faster with Virtualization
• April 22 - Improve customer satisfaction and maintain service levels in virtualized environments
• April 27-  BCBS of Florida builds a foundation for virtualization with HP Asset Manager
• April 29 - Virtualization: Compliance enforcement in a virtualized world


Here are the details for the Optimizing service modeling, discovery, and monitoring for VMware environments webinar I will be presenting on April 13.


In this webinar, Luigi Tiano, Enterprise Management Practice Director at CT Consultants, and Peter Spielvogel, Group Product Marketing Manager at HP, will discuss the challenges of managing virtualized environments. Using examples from several customer deployments, they will detail several proven approaches that show how unified monitoring for physical and virtual infrastructure leads to reduced costs, improved visibility, and higher availability of business services.


During this webinar, you will learn:



  • best practices for performing event management with VMware

  • how customers have deployed HP solutions to effectively solve problems managing virtualized environments

  • how to combine agent and agentless technologies to optimize event and performance management

  • the importance of service discovery and how to maintain up-to-date service and dependency map


Register now for one or more of the web events in the April 2010 virtualization series and take the next step in virtualization management.


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Meet HP at VMware’s Partner Exchange

HP is looking forward to catching up with its partners at VMware’s Partner Exchange, happening Feb 7-11 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.  What a great way to start the new year off!  Bring your team and find out how to jump start your business in 2010 with HP. 



Wondering how client virtualization, new management tools, and storage integration can boost your sales?  Drop by the HP booth, #43 and talk to our hardware and software gurus to hear how to help your customers get started with virtualization - or to move to the next level.


Learn how specific storage solutions can be the catalyst to new and expanded virtualization projects in this session.
PARIV05 Leveraging HP Storage Solutions to Drive Virtualization Revenue


Are customers asking you to how to manage their physical and virtual servers from the vCenter console?  Then this breakout session is a must see:
PARMGT04 HP Insight Software and VMware vCenter Server: Reduced Costs through Streamlined Management


Please visit my colleages at the VMware Partner Exchange!

Labels: VMWare

Top blog posts of 2009

Happy New Year.


In addition to celebrating the New Year, this also represents the one year anniversary of the Infrastructure Management Software blog. Thank you to the thousands of people who read the blog and share your insights with the rest of the community. I would like to reflect on the past year by listing the top blog posts.


VMware: the Next Infrastructure Management Behemoth? (March 4, 2009)


Enhancing SiteScope with Operations Manager - and Vice Versa (August 3, 2009)


Operations Manager Basics (product overview videos) (October 21, 2009)


Q&A from EMA webinar on incident management and OMi (July 29, 2009)


Virtual Infrastructure Management (Q&A from HP-VMware webinar) (October 14, 2009)


Everything you wanted to know about OMi... (Q&A from Vivit technical webinar) (July 31, 2009)


Virtualization Management - Only Part of the Consolidation Picture (March 11, 2009)


Hawaii Pacific Health – Data Center Transformation (download success story) (July 23, 2009)


The full stack (OMW, SiteScope, OMi, NNM, Service Desk, CMDB) (October 16, 2009)


The new competitive landscape (July 28, 2009)


Rip and Replace - Never (Operations Manager has 15 years of stability) (June 10, 2009)


HP Positioned in the Leader Quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation (July 30, 2009)


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Heterogeneous Virtualization (HP + VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and Red Hat)

One advantage of HP’s virtualization management approach is that we work closely with all the major virtualization vendors. Earlier this week, we hosted a partner virtualization event in San Francisco along with our key virtualization partners including Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. The audience included both business and technical press.



Here are two articles written about the event.


The Convergence Of IT And Business
Forbes, by Taylor Buley
November 19, 2009


Is Cloud Computing Ready to Rumble?
internetnews.com by David Needle
November 19, 2009


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The best way to manage VMware environments

Virtualization management seems to be the hottest topic for discussion, among both customers, partners, and my product marketing and product management peers. I was recently involved in a conversation with some sales people about why HP’s approach is unique.


The reference platform for virtualization management of VMware environments is vCenter (formerly Virtual Center). But, many customers do not want their virtualization experts to spend their (very expensive) time managing first level events. So, they look to a centralized management console such as Operations Manager to handle events from both the virtual and physical IT infrastructure. This is the value behind a consolidated event and performance management approach.


So, the challenge is how to get information about the virtual infrastructure into central event console. The old way, which we used to do, was to install our agents on the VMware hypervisor. We worked closely with VMware to ensure that it worked and was supportable but customers got nervous because the general advice is "do not install anything in the hypervisor". Obviously, if the hypervisor becomes unstable then all of the virtual machines suffer.


The new, and recommended by VMware, approach is to use the vMA or “vSphere Management Assistant”. The vMA is a pre-build Linux virtual machine. It is built and owned by VMware and is downloaded free of charge from their web site. You run the vMA just like any other virtual machine.





The vMA includes all of the VMware-approved and supported interfaces and APIs to enable access to VMware environment monitoring. It provides access to information such as current configuration of the VMs, fault information and very accurate performance information. This is the new way that VMware wants other management systems to get their information from the hypervisor. vMA provides more granular, fine grained, and real-time information than you can get from vCenter. HP was the first vendor to release a management product using the vMA.


We install our agent and Virtualization SPI onto the vMA and make use of the interfaces. One vMA can provide access to monitoring information from multiple VMware server hosts. The “resolution” of the data that we get with the Virtualization SPI vs. vCenter is really just a reflection on what customers told us they wanted. I'm sure that VMware could provide much of the same detail - certainly for a VMware server - but they did not. Customers told us they wanted more - "Don't just give us what Virtual Center provides, go deeper".


The advantage of using the HP Virtualization SPI and Operations Manager is that you can see very granular fault and performance data for both physical and virtual infrastructure in your Operations Manager console. This means your tier 1 operators can manage events and handle basic triage and remediation functions. This keeps your virtualization experts focused on more strategic tasks, until they need to manage an escalation.


This is just one example of HP’s close ties with VMware. We also have integration between HP Insight Control and vCenter that allows customers to manage both physical and virtual infrastructure through the VMware vCenter console. We announced this capability at VMworld in September
This is aimed at server administrators who want a single expert tool for troubleshooting complex problems that could span the hardware and hypervisor.


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Software Universe in Hamburg sneak preview

Software Universe is only five weeks away. We hold this event twice each year, alternating between a United States and European location. The upcoming event is in Hamburg at the Congress Centre Hamburg (CCH) from Wednesday, December 16th – Friday, December 18th 2009.


(If you missed our last Software Universe in Las Vegas, you can download some of the presentations here.)


I’m very excited about this year’s show, as it gives me a chance to connect with many European customers and colleagues, many of whom I have only “met” through email and phone calls. In addition, there are many interesting presentations. Some highlights* (based on their relevancy to managing IT infrastructure - both physical and virtual) include:



Wednesday December 16


















16:00-16:45 Optimizing cost by automating your ITIL v3 processes
Jeroen Bronkhorst, Hewlett-Packard
17:00 - 17:45 “Monitoring ....inside the Cloud"
Vincenzo Asaro, Telecom Italia
18:00 - 18:45
Orchestrating Virtual Infrastructures with HP OO
Ralph Capasso, Hewlett-Packard


Thursday December 17






































09:00 - 09:45
Automating operations management with HP Operations Orchestration
Ralph Capasso, Hewlett-Packard
09:00 - 09:45
HP management of VMware vSphere: How does VMware fit in with your HP Software Infrastructure?
Terry Lyons, VMware
10:00 - 10:45
The all new Operations Center licensing model: escaping the hardware bonds
Jon Haworth and Peter Crosby, Hewlett-Packard 
11:45 - 12:30 HP Operations Manager i: Best practices and lessons learned at CMT
Kai-Uwe Jensen, Hewlett-Packard
15:15 - 16:00 BTO Impact of Virtualization on IT Management
Dennis Corning, Hewlett-Packard
15:15 - 16:00 Operations Center, the road ahead
Norm Follett, Hewlett-Packard 
16:30 - 17:15 HP Operations Manager on Linux
Lillian Hull and Hans-Peter Schmollinger, Hewlett-Packard 
16:30 - 17:15
Capabilities in a Virtualized environment
Lutz Bartsch, Hewlett-Packard


Friday December 18


















09:00 - 09:45 Virtualization SPI - VMware management plug-in for HP Operations Center
Jagannath Harish Gangaiah, Hewlett-Packard
11:45 - 12:30
HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping: a solution to regain control on your infrastructure
Thomas Wirtz, Hewlett-Packard
11:45 - 12:30 Integrated approach to monitoring and the challenges encountered and overcome
Mark Laird and Romain Maitret, Steria Ltd



* dates, times, and speakers subject to change


Hope to see you there.


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Virtual Infrastructure Management (Q&A from HP-VMware webinar)

Thank you to everyone who attended the joint HP-VMware webinar on how to “Reduce Costs and Gain Control of Your Virtualized Infrastructure with Consolidated Management.” The speakers were Terry Lyons, Technical Alliance Manager, Enterprise Systems Management, VMware Corporation and Mike Shaw, Director of Product Marketing, HP.


If you missed the live event on October 7, 2009, you can view a replay here.


Here are the questions that people asked during the event, along with the answers.






































Question  Answer
Great to see you are working closely with VMware. What are you doing to support other hypervisors?  For now, the HP Virtualization SPI supports VMware ESX and Microsoft HyperV. We are looking at adding other hypervisors, based on our customer’s needs.
Can you explain the difference between siloed management compared to Central? What is the benefit to centralizing? Siloed management refers to managing each IT silo using a separate element manager.
Centralized management relies on a single event console to consolidate and correlate events from disparate IT domains. Using a single event console can reduce costs and speed the time to problem resolution.
How do you plan the systems and applications for the data center capacity?
Which kind of instruments/solutions do you use for the capacity planning? 
Please see our blog post on capacity planning, written by Hyperformix.

What is the minimum release of HP Operation Manager that enables the VMware API integration, or is the VMware SPI the only dependency?  First, the Smart Plug-In (SPI) is called the Virtualization SPI, because it supports hypervisors beyond just VMware, although that is the most commonly requested platform.
The Virtualization SPI works with Operations Manager on Windows 8.10, Operations Manager on Windows 8.16, Operations Manager on Unix 9.0, and Operations Manager on Linux 9.0.
Can you talk about how HP SIM fits in to this? i.e. hardware and VM Management. thanks,  HP Operations Manager consolidates events from all the various element managers across the enterprise. In the scenario you mention, SIM will send its events to Operations Manager where a single team can monitor the HP servers and any other infrastructure. There is a SIM Smart Plug-In (the SIM SPI is available at no charge) that integrates between SIM and Operations Manager. If an operator needs to perform advanced troubleshooting of the HP servers, he or she can launch SIM through the Operations Manager console.
Can this solution allow me to generate FTE savings?  We answered this during the webinar. This solution centralizes event management to a single Operations Manager console, leaving vCenter as the expert tool for advanced troubleshooting or escalations. This shifts event management to your tier 1 operators in the Operations Bridge, freeing your virtualization administrators (very hard to find these days) to work on more strategic tasks.
What specific HP software products are needed to implement the scenario presented?  We answered this during the webinar. You would use Operations Manager, agents for each of the managed nodes, along with the Virtualization SPI to manage the hypervisor.


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Analysis of HP announcement at VMworld (podcast)

At VMworld, HP announced its virtualization smart plug-in (SPI) for Operations Center. For companies using Operations Manager as the consolidated event and performance management console, this allows them to see events from VMware Virtual Center in the Operations Manager console.


The implications of the “Virtualization SPI” for business operations are significant. This means operators can manage all events, from both the physical and virtual infrastructure, through a single Operations Bridge. The virtualization team can focus on planning and strategy, leaving the tier 1 operators to manage events.


Dennis Corning, product marketing manager for virtualization, comments on the announcement in this podcast, which I recorded at VMworld.



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Maximizing your investment in virtualization (joint HP and VMware webinar)

For those readers that like to plan ahead...


Webinar title:  Reduce Costs and Gain Control of Your Virtualized Infrastructure with Consolidated Management
Webinar date :  Wednesday October 7, 2009 12-1 Eastern time / 9-10 Pacific time


Virtualization is hot!   Even in this tough economy, virtualization was cited as the top spending priority for CIOs in a 2009 CIO Insight survey. Most organizations are seeing real benefits in flexibility and utilization but virtualization also creates some unique management challenges.  


Join HP and VMware, industry leaders in virtualization and infrastructure and application management for this one hour webinar to learn how you can reduce management costs and gain increased visibility and control of your virtual infrastructure.
 
During this webinar, you'll learn:



  • How virtualization can introduce new management silos and actually increase the time and cost to detect and resolve issues

  • How consolidated event and performance management can reduce costs and regain control

  • How new technology from HP and VMware can pinpoint the root cause of system issues and eliminate duplication of effort chasing symptoms


Don't miss this chance to get maximum value from your virtualization investments.


REGISTER NOW



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VMworld Day 3 - Planning your virtualization journey

VMware hosted a session about how to plan for your migration to a virtualized environment. It was a hands on session in which each person had access to a PC (sadly not made by HP) to go through the exercises. It turns out they provided a handy template in which you input your organization’s priorities, business service environment, and key constituencies. The end result is a nice report (somewhat generic, but customized based on your input) that you can take to management.


Here is the link they provided during the session.
http://vmware.swb-consulting.com/workbook.html


Try it out and read through the examples. There is lots of great information about the business drivers for virtualization and the key success factors for implementation.


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VMworld - Day 2: Vision for virtualization aware IT management (podcast)

Podcast added on 9/16/09


Shay Mowlem, Director of Virtualization for HP Software, presented on his “Vision for virtualization aware IT management.” During his talk, he made the case that Virtualization goes beyond the surface objective of server consolidation. The real promise of virtualization is to create a dynamic environment in which IT can assemble systems and services around business use cases. In short, virtualization allows IT to be more responsive.


Shay presented a vision in which the IT infrastructure scales based on granular usage patterns, which of course change with the needs of the business. While virtualization resolves some of the hardware issues, it introduces some new management challenges. There is much more complexity with the additional virtualization layers, which means more moving parts in any business service.


So, management means creating a consolidated view of service elements and standardizing on common management platform. In such a dynamic environment, automation is essential. In fact, Shay stated that virtualization is the biggest driver for automation he has ever seen.


He presented an integrated approach for virtualized service management.



  1. identify vulnerability

  2. isolate root cause

  3. identify required changes

  4. submit change request

  5. implement changs

  6. verification and compliance


Having an integrated view of events and performance, physical and virtual, is critical.


Software license governance becomes an even bigger issue with virtualization. It was a problem before, but now with virtual machines, it is even more challenging.


Podcast of Shay Mowlem discussing the impact of virtualization on IT operations.



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VMworld - Day 2: Virtualization is about NOT building a new $100M data center

I attended a great session at VMworld called “Conquering cost and complexity in virtualized environments”. It was a panel discussion moderated by Mark Linesh, VP at HP. The key speakers were Michelle Bailey, VP at IDC, and Rob Taylor EDS (an HP company).


Michelle ran thorough some statistics related to trends in virtualization. Here are some highlights:



  • Spending on new servers has been flat since 1996.

  • The number of installed servers has increased from 5 million in 1996 to 35 million in 2009.

  • The number of physical servers is predicted to flatten due to virtualization.


The admin cost, however, is expected to increase. This cost grows with the number of servers, both physical and virtual. The “hidden cost of IT” is the number of system administrators. This is why the cost of people is the largest cost in the data center.


Power and cooling costs also scale with number of servers. Where this was a rounding error back in 1996, these costs are becoming very significant today.


Organizations need a new set of economics around the datacenter. Virtualization is the answer!


Virtualization helps contain the number of new physical systems coming into data center. In fact, the number of virtual servers is exploding. Administrators still need to address the management costs of patching and maintenance on virtual as well as physical servers. Automation will address this problem.


The application workload relies on servers, storage, and network.


IT management cost is still 70% maintenance and 30% innovation. (Here’s that ratio again.) Companies need to flip that ratio.


2009 is the tipping point in which the number of virtual servers will match number of physical servers. This will require a fundamental shift in the way people manage their infrastructure.


Virtualization has solved the CapEx problem. It has not yet addressed the OpEx problem.


Virtualization also introduces some interesting dynamics regarding long-time IT processes, for example, server provisioning. Some shops can set up a new virtual machine in 20 minutes. Imagine the organizational impact if their user base knew this and called in expecting such a fast turn-around time for all requests. So, this company still makes their constituents wait 3-5 weeks to prevent them from asking for a new machine every 20 minutes. In essence, they keep the same business processes in place as before. More progressive companies may want to take a different approach. But one key lesson is that standardization and discipline are critical for managing sprawling IT environments.


The panel discussion closed with the following summary:
Virtualization is about avoiding or delaying building a new $100M data center.


Follow the action at VMworld on Twitter at #HPVMW.


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VMworld - Day 1: Ann Livermore announces Virtualization SPI

The first main day of the VMworld show was great. Over 10,000 people filled Moscone center to learn about how the hottest trend in IT can help them reduce their operating expenses and improve the quality of service. (Follow us at the show on Twitter #hpvmw)


In the main keynote, Paul Maritz, President and CEO of VMware reiterated the statistic we often hear in our conversations with customers and analysts. “70% of IT budgets are spent on keeping the lights on.” He reminded the crowd that IT needs to focus on delivering more business value. In this economy that is more important than ever.


In the next keynote, Ann Livermore, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Group, mentioned the new virtualization SPI (Smart Plug-In). Readers of this blog will know that SPIs supplement our agents in collecting data, performing some autonomous management based on policies, and sending alerts to the Operations Manager console. The virtualization SPI supplements the agent on collecting virtualization-specific metrics on both host and guest systems. This provides a single management console, freeing the virtualization administrator to work on more strategic matters than managing a separate event console for the virtual environment.


Concurrently with Ann Livermore’s address, HP issued a press release on our new virtualization offerings. My colleague, Michael Procopio summarized it on the Business Service Management Blog.


The theme of “convergence” is pervasive at the show. Just as virtualization spans servers, storage, and networks, the management software must also span these domains on both physical and virtual devices. Deploying Operations Manager allows organizations to have a single event console, saving money on licensing, training and maintenance costs. Even more important, it improves service quality by providing a single location for all events, speeding time to problem resolution and eliminating confusion about which events are symptoms and which is the true causal event.


Stop by and let’s chat in HP’s booth #2023 .


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VMworld - Day 0: Partner community

I attended the opening partner session at VMworld yesterday. Thousands of partners packed the conference room to hear several VMware executives discuss market dynamics for virtualization, how their product strategy addresses those needs, and how the partner community plays a huge role in their success as a company.


The presentations combined rich content, a deep understanding of customer needs and market trends, along with some tech humor mixed in. Based on what I heard, HP is aligned with VMware to meet the rapidly changing market conditions. Our show strategy certainly supports this.


HP is presenting 10 sessions at VMworld, ranging from keynotes to breakouts to technical workshops.


There are several demo pods at the show where you can view HP’s virtualization solutions, which span servers, storage, networking, and management software.


In addition, there are many chances to win prizes by visiting the booth. If you view five demos, you receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. You can also win an HP Netbook computer or a $2000 American Express gift card. Details at the booth.


See you there.


For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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Using SiteScope to monitor VMware Infrastructures (free webinar)

Virtualization is a hot topic for all our customers. In every customer meeting, we discuss their virtualization plans and how to make sure they are monitoring the virtual infrastructure using the same tools they use to monitor the physical infrastructure. In this blog, I have discussed how to use Operations Manager to monitor virtual environments, (or search on the tags on the right navigation for more on virtualization). This post, written by Amy Feldman, promotes an upcoming webinar on how to use SiteScope to monitor virtual environments.
- Peter


One common question that many of HP SiteScope user's has is around best practices for VMware monitoring with SiteScope.  HP and Genilogix will be delivering a joint webinar that will address topics such as:


-        Challenges of monitoring applications in a virtual environment
-        How to monitor host and guest virtual machines with SiteScope 10.1
-        Tips and tricks for capturing the right monitoring data (e.g. what to look for and where)
-        Correlating metrics to identify performance issues on host ESX and guest VMs
-        Turning monitoring data into actionable results with performance tuning
-        Creating and deploying VMware templates in SiteScope 10.1


Join us for the "Using HP SiteScope to Monitor VMware Infrastructures" webinar


Date:  Thursday August 27, 2009


Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern


Register now: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/828601288



For HP Business Availability Center, Amy Feldman.


 

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