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Are You Optimizing your SAP Virtualization?

If you are virtualizing an SAP environment running business-critical applications, chances are these questions will sound familiar: Am I optimizing my SAP virtualization for the maximum benefit? What measures should I take to avoid negative business impact when running SAP production workloads on the VMware virtualized platform?

Luckily, VMware Consulting Architect Girish Manmadkar recently shared his advice on this topic.

To make sure you are designing and sizing your infrastructure for optimum business benefit, Girish suggests two new questions to ask yourself, your IT organization, and your vendors.

1. How will this environment need to scale?

2. Am I sizing my environment to support 3-to-5 years of growth?

When you understand the needs outlined by these questions, you can then work with hardware vendors, as well as your VMware and SAP teams, to find the best solution.

From an operational standpoint, there are also efficiencies within the SAP environment once it is virtualized that you want to be sure to take advantage of.

1. Scaling out during the month-end and quarter-end processing is a snap compared to the hours it can take otherwise.

2. Products like vCenter Operations Manger help make sure your SAP basis admin and VMware admin are always on the same page, making it far faster and easier to troubleshoot the environment.

3. You’ll be able to provide the operations team with 24-hours monitoring of the entire SAP virtual infrastructure, allowing for a proactive approach to minimize or eliminate downtime.

Check out Girish’s video, above, for more details.


Girish Manmadkar is a veteran VMware SAP Virtualization Architect with extensive knowledge and hand-on experience with various SAP and VMware products, including various databases. He focuses on SAP migrations, architecture designs, and implementation, including disaster recovery.


The Tao of IT Transformation

Taken from Chinese philosophy, “tao” refers to a “path” or guiding principal. With the exciting range of new technologies available (such as software-defined storage and network virtualization), it’s important that IT organizations establish that over-arching strategy for integration with the existing architecture.

In this short video, Wade Holmes (VCDX #15 and VMware Staff Solutions Architect) outlines the “VCDX Way,” which emphasizes an integration plan that is closely mapped to business priorities.

How are you approaching the integration of new technologies? Are you mapping updates to business strategy? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

4 Ways To Overcome Resistance to the Cloud

By Brett Parlier, Solutions Architect, VMware Professional Services

There’s a lot of excitement about cloud computing right now, but I also run into an equal amount of trepidation. In particular, networking pros are worried that increasingly advanced automation will soon put them out of a job.

This is just one of several common points of resistance to the big changes happening in IT. I want to talk about four of them and provide some advice on how to reframe the discussion for clients, colleagues, and possibly yourself.

1. You’re going to automate my job away!

I heard this a lot after the announcement of VMware’s NSX network virtualization platform in August. My response? That’s the same thing all the server guys said 10 years ago when virtualization came out. It just doesn’t happen. Continue reading

Badges? We Don’t See No Stinkin’ Badges!

By Jerad Forcier, Senior Consultant – Management, Security, Compliance, and Monitoring, VMware Professional Services

Here’s how to make sure your vCM Compliance Badge shows up in vCenter Operations

When I work on projects that integrate VMware vCenter Configuration Manager badges into the dashboard in vCenter Operations Management Suite, I often hear the same questions over and over. Whether you are doing the integration yourself or helping a client through the process, I hope this post will help answer some of your questions.

Let’s start with a little background: These two products use different methods for obtaining, storing, and retrieving information. The vCenter Operations Management Suite works by collecting several metrics related to utilization and performance from vCenter Server and stores them in a database. This data is displayed in user-friendly views, or “dashboards.”

The vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM) is an agent-based product that collects current configuration settings from virtual as well as physical machines. This configuration data is stored in a SQL database, and the views of this data are queried from the database using an SSRS reporting structure. Continue reading

Developing Defense in Depth for a Software-Defined Data Center

By Jared SkinnerCloud Management Sales Director – West

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is on the tip of a lot of tongues these days, but the fact is, it’s not yet an end-point solution but rather a constantly evolving strategy. For that reason, I meet many customers who are excited about its potential but still wary of the unknowns—in particular around security.

As we abstract different layers of the technological stack, namely storage and network, we must continue to manage security across the stack through industry best practices and/or regulatory standards. Securing the SDDC begins by reinventing Defense in Depth.

What Is “Defense in Depth”?

I think of Defense in Depth like an onion, where the sweetest part is the center, protected under many layers of security. Continue reading