Data Center Management
As a new member of the UCS Marketing team and a self-proclaimed data center efficiency evangelist, I keep an eye on developments in the operations and management of data centers. I looked at the Data Center Decisions 2011 survey special report on searchdatacenter.com and saw some interesting results. According to the survey, Data Center managers are most often turning to “off the shelf “ Systems Management tools for automation. They rely on these tools for routine tasks that can be automated, but still don’t trust them to automate responses to changes in the environment, such as thresholds being crossed. This has been the general consensus for a while (years, really) and it is not surprising. It takes a lot of effort to build trust.
Although automation and productivity increases were cited as reasons to purchase Systems Management software, tools were actually purchased for performance management, monitoring and capacity management. So, customers only paid for Systems Management tools that helped in service assurance and meeting business commitments. I expect capacity management, an area where customers currently spent their dollars, to become less important in a cloud-computing environment. Do you agree?
The survey on virtualization showed that VMWare was by far the leading hypervisor this year as in 2010. With VMWorld 2011 just round the corner it will be interesting to see how VMWare intends to help customers with the VM sprawl issue. Personally I think that attaching a monetary value to a running VM in a data center will fix some of the sprawl problems. This means anyone who requisitions a virtual machine pays a certain rate from the moment it is provisioned until it is de-provisioned. What do you think? Another challenge to virtualization highlighted in the survey was performance of a virtual server. I expect a number of developments to be unveiled at VMWorld 2011 on this front. See you at the conference.