Today is day two of VMworlds and VMware’s Keynote speech was atop the list of things to see. A majority of the info has already been rehashed all over blogs so I wont go into details, but I did want to touch on a major point that was mentioned. Paul Martiz, President and CEO of VMware, announced that for the first time ever, the number of virtual machines has surpassed the number of physical machines.
This is huge news in the field is systems administration and engineering. This means the tipping point has been reached, where virtualization is no longer just a cutting edge technology, but the norm. Admins and engineers will now be required to know the ins and outs of virtualization and shift from the standard practices of physical environments. The VCP will become, and is becoming, a more common certification, and one they may even be required. The impact of this though, is that admins and engineers will require more training and knowledge than ever before, because while physical servers just require systems to be racked and OSes installed, virtual environemnts require knowledge and planning of storage, networking and scalability and capacity planning.
All and all, this is a good thing and I for one and glad to see this technology that we all enjoy thriving so well. I hope to continue to see if and maybe even by 2012, see the numbers be 75%/25% for virtual to physical systems.
As a company who is an HP Shop for all of our servers in the datacenter, its nice to have a few good tools to make the day easier. I wanted to share some of these tools with you all, so that it may help benefit some of you.
The first is useful for P2Vs of HP systems. Its a free tool created by Guillermo Musumeci and is designed to remove HP Products such as the Array Config Utility and Insight Management agents installed by the HP PSPs. Since this is a major part of the cleanup of a VM after a P2V, its nice to have a tool that automates it completely.
It can be downloaded HERE.
The second tool is a vCenter plugin called HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter. As you can gather from the name, these are plugins that pump management capabilities straight into vCenter as to keep you from having to jump around to multiple consoles to manage your HP ESX host. Features include in depth monitoring, remote control and power optimization straight from vCenter. If you run HP systems, its definately a great addition for vCenter, as it allows you to combine your management view over both your virtual and physical environments from one console.
It can be found HERE.
These are both great examples of tools available to help manage your HP Environment when it comes to VMware. Feel free to offer up anymore suggestions with a comment.