Saturday, February 21, 2015

Right-Sizing with vRealize Operations 6.0

With vRealize Operations Manager 6.0, VMware has redesigned the reclaimable capacity analysis badge and added additional functionality with the ability to set the CPU and memory on oversized virtual machines using the vCenter Python Actions Adapter.

Because we want to take advantage of vRealize Operations Manager ability to configure CPU and memory settings on our virtual machines, let's take a look at how to configure the vCenter Python Actions Adapter. Click on the Administration Link in the top left corner of the vRealize Operations Product UI. Select the vCenter Python Actions Adapter in the VMware vSphere Solutions Details window and click the Configure button, as shown in the image below.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Proactive Monitoring Tools

As I meander down the hall to my health care provider for an ultrasound, I think of the severe flu I suffered from two weeks ago. I was at home with a high fever, chills, fatigue, and coughing. At one point, my oblique muscles were very tender from all the coughing, I sneezed particularly hard and my muscles had a spasm. I stood up, light-headed, and then blacked out; my wife told me it was time to go to the doctors.

My doctor gave me a quick diagnosis, he told me that coughing, sneezing or laughing can sometimes place a sudden strain on the autonomic nervous system, which can cause you to faint. He was pretty sure that it was a combination of my severe flu, muscle spasm, and the strain from the sneeze that caused my blackout. But, to be safe, my doctor scheduled an ultrasound and some blood work. He specifically wanted to rule out the possibility of kidney stones, since the pain was in the vicinity of my kidneys. Outside of the seasonal flu, on the surface I seemed healthy, but with technology he could gain greater perspective of any underlying issues.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Virtual SAN 6.0

As we start to look at all the new product release announcements, I think one of the more exciting announcements is Virtual SAN 6.0 with policy-based management. With the hypervisor, we have an opportunity to change the way we address storage challenges by providing granular policies that meet the business SLAs of the applications running our companies. Running all your business applications, from mission-critical applications to print servers to software content libraries on tier-2 SAN storage isn't a cost effective model. The hypervisor is uniquely positioned in the IT stack, it provides the ability to make optimal decisions around matching the demands of virtualized applications with the supply of underlying infrastructure. It allows us to transform storage, bringing the same operational efficiencies that we realized with server virtualization while providing capital efficiencies by leveraging the right storage tier to meet the business need.

How is this accomplished:
  • We virtualize the storage resources into VM-centric pools of capacity that are flexibly consumed
  • Then we automate the delivery of storage service levels to applications through a standard approach that is common across all storage tiers

Monday, February 9, 2015

Trusted Advisor - Technical Account Manager

Trusted advisor, it is an often overused term, but to excel as a VMware Technical Account Manager you need to earn the trust of your customers. If you are interested in joining VMware as a Technical Account Manager, here are some of the key ingredients for becoming a trusted advisor:


Is any position or role sustainable without honesty? If you are not a person of your word, you will quickly find yourself not meeting your customer's expectations and it could have a lasting effect on your career and your organization's reputation. In the role of a Technical Account Manager, honesty is the key building block for trust. When you are honest with your customer and have their self-interest in mind, these small gestures accumulate over time and your customers will come to trust your recommendations.

It's simple, approach your customers with honesty, truthfulness, and an attitude to provide the best service possible, and then you have nothing to fear when something doesn't meet expectations.

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