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How IT Will Come Out On Top of The Cloud

Virtualization is about to change the game again in the datacenter. As the modern computing world has become comfortable with cloud computing, their appetite is accelerating for it, and doing so rapidly. In fact, Gartner recently reported that spending on public cloud services will be $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spend. And it will nearly double to $207 billion by 2016. That’s a consistent increase of over 20% each year, and the fastest growing area of spend according to their predictions

And guess what? Some of them are in your business, and you probably don’t even know it. Analysts are calling this trend “shadow IT” where end users decide to implement their own CRM solution with a simple credit card swipe. Or where a business unit decides to build and test an app on Amazon instead of internally on your infrastructure. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has data that shows large enterprises (averaging $500MM in revenue a year) “leak” as much as 30% of their IT budget outside of IT’s purview and ledger. Not only do these costs surprise the CIO, but they also fall outside of IT’s ability to govern, secure and maintain compliance. And of course, when things go wrong, IT is drawn into help troubleshoot a solution they have little knowledge of, exhausting resources very quickly. Continue reading

Why DBaaS? 5 Trends Pushing Database as a Service

What if you could provision a highly available, compliant database in one click? For many, this sounds impossible…particularly behind the firewall. Yet, it is possible today because database management has changed.

The change has been driven by years, perhaps decades, of unmet needs. For example, we’ve all heard these types of comments made inside our respective companies:

  1. “Could we have a temporary copy of the database to use for a few days?”
  2. “We can finish faster doing it ourselves with a PC under someone’s desk.”
  3. “Didn’t we just buy a bunch of new database licenses?”
  4. “I have to test this with production data.”
  5. “It would be crazy to put two databases on the same server.

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Java and vFabric: Radical Simplification

Ten years ago, the Spring Framework delivered radical simplicity to the complex world of enterprise Java. Today, VMware is delivering integrated middleware components in vFabric and driving the exact same simplification agenda.

Our customers have been successfully virtualizing Java workloads on vSphere for years, and VMware has built up a wealth of experience which we’ve been sharing with exponentially increasing numbers of attendees every year at VMworld. This year is no exception! (For example, check out “The Benefits of Virtualization for Middleware” on Thursday, Aug 30, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.) As we’ve grown in supporting Java on vSphere, we’ve also continued to embrace more Java and open source products within our vFabric product portfolio. Continue reading

Sneak Peak at VMware’s Nanotrader Reference Architecture

(Note: See a newer article on the renamed SpringTrader.) vFabric’s Reference Application, Nanotrader, provides customers with an end-to-end solution for developing, provisioning, and managing a distributed application in a cloud environment. The reference application and architecture provide customers and partners with a blueprint for development, infrastructure, and operations teams.

The Nanotrader application is based on the web based Trading application, Day Trader. The legacy Day Trader application provides context for application modernization by representing the “before” picture while Nanotrader provides developers with a blueprint for achieving the “after” picture. Functionally, both applications allow users to login, view their portfolio, lookup stock quotes, and buy or sell stock shares. However, this is where their similarity ends. The following table describes key high-level differences in the application design: Continue reading

Q&A w/VMware IT: Reducing Provisioning Time by 90% and Costs by 30%

One of the best performing posts we’ve had this year was titled “How VMware IT Reduced Provisioning Time by 80% Using vFabric Application Director and More.” The article below is more detailed information on the project in a Q&A session format with VMware’s Director of Technology Labs and Architecture, Thirumalesh Reddy.

1. So in your previous post, you covered the business case, before and after process, project functionality and scope as well as the results. You had said provisioning time was reduced by 80% and now it’s 90%. How do things keep getting better?
As we evolve and mature, we are able to automate more manual steps like load balancing VIP pool creations and post installation tasks. So, we’ve reduced provisioning time further because of this. If you think about it, most good infrastructure people already look for ways to automate redundant, manual tasks and prefer to run scripts where possible. Our technology let’s people do this on a massive scale, and we just keep finding more places to automate.

2. Besides the fact that you work for VMware and use your own products, why did the CIO or CTO really get behind this project?
Multiple times per year, we were manually provisioning or refreshing about 25 environments across our technology portfolio. We all know manual steps cause problems and are less efficient and effective. In our case, each environment provisioning or refresh cycle could take 3-8 weeks where 15-20 people touched it. Besides the extra operating expense of people’s time, a manual process with lots of hand-offs and touch points is ripe for errors and re-work. I don’t think anyone would disagree that this type of manual process is more prone to errors, incurs more delays, and includes less predictability. For our internal customers in the business and functional areas, the manual process also impacts SLAs. If you factor in compliance, risk management, and security, it’s an area ripe for improvement. Every IT shop faces these issues. Continue reading

5 Ways IT Benefits From The New Cloud Operating Model

It’s official. IT’s investment in the cloud is accelerating. Gartner recently reported that spending on public cloud services will reach $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spend. That’s an increase of over 20% in one year, and the fastest growing area of spend according to their predictions.

How is IT coping with such a dramatic shift in resources? At VMware, we are seeing an organizational shift that we are calling the Cloud Operating Model that is capitalizing on this effort. The Cloud Operating Model is both an organizational change and a technology evolution. On the organizational side, IT retrenches and focuses on building out a private cloud that is cost competitive to public clouds, provides end user services that attract apps to stay in-house, and can support a larger server-to-admin ratio. Application and business teams, presented with readily available infrastructure and armed with sophisticated app management and provisioning tools, transform themselves into DevOps—literally Development-Operations—that now have full control of application lifecycles including developing, running and managing their apps. While IT still provides services to DevOps, they actually become untangled from each other’s day-to-day operations.

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4 Drivers behind Intel’s Cloud Foundry Choice and Why

Our goal at Intel was to let software developers get an innovative idea into production in less than a day.

Header-graphic-city-sunrise-one-day-visionOne of the large aspects of meeting this goal is delivering a robust PaaS solution. We made a decision in mid-2011 that PaaS would enable this goal, and for our wide range of data and security requirements, running it in our private cloud was paramount. In searching for a PaaS solution for our Enterprise Private cloud, we conducted a study of solutions that could be landed within an enterprise. We specifically wanted a solution that could run on an IaaS and help address our key challenges.

We needed greater agility, simplicity, standardization, and efficiency, and these needs served as an impetus for our Cloud Foundry cloud. Though our journey from proof of concept to enterprise standard is still underway, we are sharing our vision of “how to help developers get apps to production in one day” at VMworld along with lessons learned and technical approaches (APP-CAP3310 – Intel Enterprise PaaS with Cloud Foundry). This post provides some additional detail on the business drivers and what led us to select Cloud Foundry. Attend our session at VMworld to get into a much greater level of detail.

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Top 5 Reasons App Teams Should Come to VMworld

VMware is excited about the upcoming VMworld 2012 in San Francisco on August 26 through 30. The VMworld team published the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Come to VMworld, including getting the inside information on what’s next, hands-on training, and meeting the industry luminaries that this event attracts. However, some may not glean from this list that VMworld is aimed not just at virtualization infrastructure teams, but at app teams as well. While VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud technologies, we are also squarely focused on helping customers build apps that are optimized to run on this infrastructure, and the vFabric team’s presence at VMworld this year underscores this fact in spades.

Why should app teams come to VMworld?

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1. Knowledge. If you develop with Spring or intend to virtualize Java, you will gain enough insights on VMware’s vFabric application stack to impact your career for several years.

2. Customer roundtables. We are looking to bring together a variety of vFabric users with their peers and our product leaders to hear and provide feedback on our product roadmaps, use cases, and suggestions that will help define our upcoming products.

3. One-on-one interviews and testimonials. We want to hear from you! Meet with our product representatives and tell us your vFabric experience. Sharing your achievements adds to the community, builds respect with your peers, and can even earn you some special rewards from VMware itself.

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3 Key Trends in Middleware Virtualization

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Middleware virtualization has three key trends that we are observing with our customer base:

1) Consolidation,

2) Elasticity and Flexibility, and

3) Performance.

In this blog, we examine each one of these trends briefly and invite you to come along for technical deep dive at this year’s VMworld session APP-CAP1426 – The Benefits of Virtualization for Middleware to be presented in both San Francisco and Barcelona.

Consolidation

Many of our customers find that their middleware deployments have proliferated and are becoming an administrative challenge associated with higher costs.  We see a trend across customers who look to virtualization as a way of reducing the number of server instances.  At the same time, customers are taking the consolidation opportunity to rationalize the number of middleware components needed to service a particular load.  Middleware components most commonly run within a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with an observed scale of 100 to 1000s of JVM instances and provide many opportunities for JVM instance consolidation.  Hence, middleware virtualization provides an opportunity to consolidate twice – once to consolidate server instances, and, secondly, to consolidate JVM instances.  This trend is far-reaching, because every IT shop on the planet is considering the cost savings of consolidation.

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Virtualization for Oracle DBs – Some cut TCO by 50%

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One of the biggest IT megatrends of the new millennium has been virtualization.  As of 2011:

While that sounds (and is) impressive, it will draw little more than a yawn from most of many of my DBA and ETL friends.  “Virtualization is great and all”, they say, “but we do real work.  You know, we work with Oracle and with data.” 

And, therein lies the rub.  

Database Virtualization Needs

If there is any part of enterprise that needs to increase flexibility and reduce cost, it is on the data side of IT.  For example, database operations suffer from: 

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