Scott Drummonds on Virtualization

Ionix UIM 2.1: Provisioning, Management, Operations

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EMC Australia New Zealand (ANZ) vSpecialists recently presented at EMC Inform 2011 in three cities in the region.  One of those vSpecialists, David Lloyd, created two videos for the show that are incredible compelling examples of simple and powerful infrastructure management.  I have posted those videos on YouTube and include links to their high-resolution offline versions below.

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Datacenter Optimization

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The article I wrote on VMTurbo’s alternative to DRS generated an incredible amount of interest. I received numerous emails, Tweets, and a couple of comments. One comment led me to VKernel, one led me to CiRBA, and one slyly hinted of a sham in one partner’s offering.  This investigation has been fun and informative.

Today I am going to share with you some of my thoughts on datacenter optimization and why I think VMware’s partner community is succeeding where VMware is not.

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Chargeback Resistance (with Survey Results)


A few weeks ago I posted a survey asking for your thoughts on chargeback in virtual infrastructures.  The results I received confirmed my observations of the scarce use of chargeback policies among VMware’s customers.  I have written before that I think this is a mistake.  And by bundling VMware Chargeback with the recently announced vCloud Director it appears that VMware agrees with me.

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