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OH, IL, WI, IN, MI Operations Center Technical Roadshow - April 20th to April 29th - Don't miss it!

Ever wish you could talk face-to-face with more technical people about Operations Center and Network Management Center products? Don’t really have the time or budget to travel very far to do so?  Well, here is a great opportunity to meet and talk with technical experts on products like Operations Manager and NNMi – right in your background.


Vivit will be hosting a series of six (6) one-day sessions, where there will be a nice mix between presentations and Q&A sessions around these products.  The sessions will be held in the following states on the following days:


- (Columbus) Ohio – April 20, 2010


- (Orrville) Ohio – April 21, 2010


- (Dearborn) Michigan – April 22, 2010


- Wisconsin – April 27, 2010


- (Chicago) Illinois – April 28, 2010


 - (Fishers) Indiana – April 29, 2010


Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about this roadshow at asksonja@hp.com.

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Economy Down, Virtualization Ratios Up

 


I've been talking to a lot of our customers recently about their HP Software installations and the way they are evolving their IT infrastructures. Inevitably a common thread with most of them has been their adoption of Virtualization.


 


What has surprised me a little is  what seems to be a significant increase in terms of the number of virtual machines (VMs) that folks are aspiring to host on a virtual server.


 


We've done some analysis in this area in the past - and discussed it with folks like VMware.  Roughly speaking, 12 - 18 months ago we were seeing 10:1 (VMs per server) where folks had actually started virtualizing. We expected to see 20:1 this year. 


 


My discussions seem to suggest that 30:1 is a more common goal, with some of our customers targeting 40 or even 60:1 (and in one case 100:1!).


 


There is another 'trend' that my mini-survey seems to reveal. In general the ratios for Intel/AMD based VMs (such as Microsoft Windows on VMware) tend to be higher than for RISC based virtualization. Maybe this is a reflection that the RISC based servers have tended to host heavy duty commercial applications so more resources are needed.


 


So why is this accelerating so rapidly? My personal view is that the economic downturn has encouraged IT executives to be less risk adverse when presented with an opportunity, like virtualization, which could help drive down costs.


Without the intense pressure to reduce costs, virtualization maybe looked like a bit of a risk so folks sat on the fence and waited for others to jump. But when the cost cutting pressure climbed during the downturn, folks were willing to make the leap and embark on virtualization - the perceived risks were over-ridden by the potential upsides.


 


And once folks embarked down the virtualization path they realized it was going to be OK, and I see this as driving two behaviours. The first is the increased ratios already discussed, but the second is that I've heard a number of customers say that "we're virtualizing everything / all new servers will be VMs unless there is a compelling business case for a physical server".


 


"In for a penny in for a pound" as we say in the UK.


 


So what are your virtualization ratio goals?

Hawaii Pacific Health – Data Center Transformation (download success story)

CIO magazine posted an article about “Five Lessons for Consolidating Data Centers At Merger Time”. It follows a case study from Hawaii Pacific Health. I have posted on data center consolidation previously on this blog.
Squeeze It Management Costs Out With Consolidation Automation
Does Virtualization Consolidate Your It Operations Or Fragment Them?

Data Center Transformation can be challenging because of all the moving parts. There is the hardware consolidation, migrating servers to lower cost and likely lower power consumption. There is the capacity planning to determine how to use virtualization to squeeze out hardware procurement and maintenance costs. Finally there is the software consolidation, to provide a comprehensive view of the new IT infrastructure.


In some ways a data center consolidation (or new data center) is a chance to shake things up and introduce new technologies. Many customers use HP Operations Manager as a top-level console to consolidate events from multiple domain managers. While this approach works well and avoids any disruptive rip and replace, it does leave them with multiple domain managers and the associated maintenance and training costs of using them.


A data center consolidation on the other hand means you can design in the management software from the ground up using proven best practices. One set of instrumentation for physical and virtual servers, end-user alerts to ensure a good user experience, network and storage events integrated into the main console, and of course automated remediation to fix problems without human intervention. Finally, don’t forget new processes and metrics to make sure that everything runs smoothly and there are closed loop systems to continuously improve availability, performance, and cost.


You can download a success story on Hawaii Pacific Health that discusses the approach and business benefits in more detail. Please click on the "Attachment" link below.


For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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