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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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Virtualization “Top 10” Video

He’s at it again. Our resident virtualization expert Shay Mowlem gets interviewed again, this time on video by our comic genius and Director of Solutions Marketing, Mark Leake.


If you are expecting a dry HP marketing pitch, think again.


I’m still laughing about this YouTube video.







Which is your favorite reason? Leave a comment with your answer and you could get the famous tie.


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Virtualization strategy to conquer virtualization sprawl

Dana GardnerDana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions and a leading ZDNet blogger interviewed three HP executives about managing virtualization sprawl, using CMDBs to track virtualization resources, and using outsourcing to optimize implementation costs. His post is on “Rethinking virtualization: Why enterprises need a sustainable virtualization strategy over hodge-podge approaches.”


The discussion covers virtualization management and how an unchecked migration to virtualized servers leads to unrealized expectations. One best practice is starting with a virtualization strategy that plans for scale out that includes how to manage business services that reside on a moving platform. Another is looking closely at the connections between the physical and virtual servers and making sure all the networks support changes in traffic patterns.


Shay MowlemOne comment from my colleague Shay Mowlem, strategic marketing lead for HP Software & Solutions, includes:
Many companies today have recognized that consolidating their infrastructure through virtualization can reduce power consumption and space utilization, and can really maximize the value of the infrastructure that they’ve already purchased... But, as companies have tried to apply virtualization to their Tier 2 and Tier 1 mission-critical systems, they're discovering a whole new set of issues that, without effective management, really run counter to the cost benefits.”


There is also a podcast and transcript on Dana’s BriefingsDirect page.


For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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