Containers, VMs, and VMware – Containers, DevOps, Orchestration, and Challenges

Containers, DevOps, Orchestration, and Challenges

In the first post of this series, I covered the basics of containers. In this post, I’ll cover why containers are attractive in DevOps initiatives and some of the challenges organizations face when trying to leverage them for such. This will lay the foundation for the next post, where I will cover VMware’s vision and initiatives to address these challenges. Continue reading

Oracle on vSphere – Licensing Myths

In this post, I’ll try to clear up the myths and untruths of licensing Oracle on vSphere, and provide a method for accurately asserting to Oracle the processors that do need to be licensed.

I’ve noticed a resurgence in Oracle licensing questions from customers and partners. Most people seem to believe they need to license every host in a cluster due to DRS. As of vSphere 6.x with shared nothing vMotion, many are being told they need to license every host in the vCenter data center. Continue reading

How Much Cloud Do I Need

Just back from our annual kickoff training. It’s an opportunity to connect with teams from all over the world, product managers, and senior leadership to learn about what’s relevant to our customers and industry across the globe.

I invested a fair amount of time focusing on the ever evolving “Cloud” topic. I define Cloud as IT as a Service, Continue reading

Balancing Resource Demand and Capacity with Predictive Analytics – Predictive DRS

Predictive DRS Introduction and Demonstration

Predictive Distributed Resource Scheduler (pDRS)  is an evolution of the vSphere service that intelligently assures balanced and efficient capacity utilization This new capability is provided within the combination of vSphere 6.5 and vRealize Operations 6.4.

UPDATE: I have clarified that pDRS requires vROps 6.4 and above and ONLY vCenter 6.5 and above. This is another of the compelling reasons to move to vCenter 6.5,.

Also, with the latest update to vROps (6.5), there is no longer a 4000 VM limitation per cluster. I don’t see this as ever having been a realistic limitation as I’ve never seen cluster with 4000 VMs . Continue reading