How to Pinpoint Storage Problems in Your SAP…

An interesting storage point of view when deploying #SAP in your #vSphere environment with help of #vROPS

How to Pinpoint Storage Problems in Your SAP…

By: Christian Fernando When using SAP native tools such as SAP Solution Manager, there isn’t visibility into the underlying virtualization layers, leaving a blind spot in understanding the complete performance story. The virtualization layer includes, but is not limited to, the virtual machine, ESXi server, CPU, memory and storage. If I am an SAP The post How to Pinpoint Storage Problems in Your SAP Environment appeared first on VMware Cloud Management .


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Lions and snakes – a quick review of Turbonomic

Some time ago I’ve been asked by a company to have a look at the market about smthg that could replace it’s precious piece of cloud stack called VMware vROPS.

He was technically satisfied by it, he found this tool among the best available ones, but its price was quite too high for the features he was really using. So, let’s say, a lion when a silent but strong snake could catch an adequate prey .

turbonAfter a deep analysis and real trials applied to his infrastructure, I believe that Turbononic is the tool that can offer the best price/quality ratio.
Especially in a medium/ROBO environment it maximizes its capabilities, where a large IT crew isn’t affordable, often made up by only one man (the typical one man-department), so that the automation capable of autotuning in case of bad performances is one of the most valuable features.

I don’t know if the product has been chosen since my mission ended up analysing the market, but it gave me the opportunity to dig in the analytic – proactive – content capcity (and so on) tools world. Before, I was aware that vROPS was the only enterprise level one. It still is, but not the only one, and not for all the business models.

I would like to share my experience deeper in my future posts supplying them with screenshots, from deployment to real use and final considerations, part of which I’ve just exposed here.

By the way, if don’t want to pay for application monitoring and autotuning features, after 30 free days of trial you’ll get a perpetual free copy of “Virtual Health Monitor”

Furthermore, Turbonomic will join Tech Field Day #14 in Boston as one of the presenters, where his HQ is located, and you could watch live streaming of presentation on the website http://techfieldday.com/event/tfd14/

So… keep following me!

Getting Started with NSX Load Balancing

One of the features I most appreciate: Getting Started with #NSX Load Balancing

Getting Started with NSX Load Balancing

In my conversations with customers and peers, load balancing is becoming an increasingly popular discussion. Why you may ask? Simple, load balancing is a critical component for most enterprise applications to provide both availability and scalability to the system. Over the last decade we have moved from bare metal servers to virtual servers and from manual deployment of operating systems to using tools like Chef, Puppet, vRA or other custom workflows. In addition to the movement towards virtualization and the API being the new CLI, we are also seeing a movement to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) where Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) such as routing, VPN, firewalls, and load balancing are moving to software. The value of…Read More


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Blogger Blast: VMware vCloud Director 8.20

Long life to #vCD – now also from #OVH – Blogger Blast: VMware vCloud Director 8.20

Blogger Blast: VMware vCloud Director 8.20

In light of the recent announcement of OVH acquiring the vCloud Air business from VMware (vCloud Blog) (OVH page) we have received some questions from our Service provider community around the future development of vCloud Director®. We are pleased to confirm that vCloud Director continues to be owned and developbed by VMware’s Cloud Provider Business Software Unit and is the strategic cloud management platform for vCloud Air Network service providers. VMware has been and continues to be committed to its investment and innovation in vCloud Director.


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SuperMicro vs Intel NUC

Some hints for my next (hopefully) #SDDC – SuperMicro vs Intel NUC

SuperMicro vs Intel NUC

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to William Lam (http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/) and Alan Renouf (http://www.virtu-al.net/) about their exciting USB to SDDC demonstration, they were using an Intel NUC to deploy a VMware SDDC environment to a single node using VSAN. I offered them the opportunity to test out the same capability with one of my SuperMicro E200-8D servers and they took me up on the opportunity. Since then I have been approached by a number of people with requests for information about why I chose to go with the SuperMicro E200 for my home lab over the Intel NUC. I’ve never written a blog before but I thought this might be a good way to “cut out the middle man” so to speak. So here it goes, my reasons for why I chose the…Read More


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