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Just Published – Free eBook: The Gorilla Guide to… VMware vRealize Operations 7.5 by vExpert, David M Davis

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I’m excited to announce that my newly released and updated book The Gorilla Guide to… VMware vRealize Operations 7.5 is now available! In the book I start off with some level-setting about what vRealize Operations does, how it’s architected, the value it brings, and the different editions that are available. From there, the majority of the Read more...

The Future of HCI Ops

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There is no denying that two irresistible forces are driving today’s—and tomorrow’s—use of information technology. First, software is key to driving business outcomes, both for staff productivity and communication, and for creating and exploiting competitive advantages. Second, all software needs to run on a cloud of some kind, be it public or private—or, as is Read more...

Intelligent Remediation Delivers Quick Time to Value

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Troubleshooting … has been a part of the human condition probably since there were humans. Data centers are no great exception, of course, and are becoming complex to the point of requiring better and more intelligent tools to use in the process. Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we Read more...

Integrated Compliance Helps Manage Risk

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Compliance and risk management are often looked at as the most onerous tasks in the oversight of any large system. Having spent the better part of 25 years in a mix of operations and management roles myself, I’m not going to lie when I tell you I tend to share this view. However, with an Read more...

Efficient Capacity & CostManagement Reduce Cost and Risk

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Public cloud providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Everyone in the IT world is familiar with (or may be using) the big public clouds as the media coverage is so strong that it pulls you in, like a black hole. And why not? When you consider what the public cloud can Read more...

Continuous Performance Optimization Reduces Downtime

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In today’s data centers, good planning may be a key to successful deployments, but it doesn’t guarantee ongoing success. For that you need to continuously monitor and optimize every aspect of your workloads. You must monitor, analyze, and react to hundreds or thousands of potentially rapidly changing data points, and that assumes a smoothly operating Read more...

What Is Self-Driving IT Operations?

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According to the second law of thermodynamics, the entropy of an isolated system never decreases. In computer science we’ve traditionally described entropy as a measure of the disorder and randomness of a system. Taking some liberties, then, we might say that, in general, we expect the disorder and randomness of any system to either stay Read more...

Extending vRealize Operations with Collaboration Tools, RESTful APIs, and Webhook Shims — David Davis on vRealize Operations Post #50

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vRealize Operations doesn’t live or work on an island in the datacenter. Recently, I learned how vRealize Ops can integrate with any tools that support a RESTful API – which includes just about every modern collaboration tools in the world today. There are so many cool use cases for extending and integrating vROps with other Read more...