Data Center Decisions Session Downloads: Virtualization Track (Chicago 2006)

Server virtualization was the story in 2005 and will continue through 2006. Virtualization allows you to carve a physical server into multiple virtual servers. Virtualization turns one server into many, or many servers into one, allowing them to run several operating systems and applications. Those virtual servers act like independent, isolated pieces of hardware. This allows companies to consolidate the number of physical servers they are using. Eventually IT pros will be able to manage virtual workloads across the entire data center. This track delves into the technical avenues virtualization offers along with the costs, pitfalls and benefits associated with this type of environment.

TRACK 4: VIRTUALIZATION
Server virtualization was the story in 2005 and will continue through 2006. Virtualization allows you to carve a physical server into multiple virtual servers. Virtualization turns one server into many, or many servers into one, allowing them to run several operating systems and applications. Those virtual servers act like independent, isolated pieces of hardware. This allows companies to consolidate the number of physical servers they are using. Eventually IT pros will be able to manage virtual workloads across the entire data center. This track delves into the technical avenues virtualization offers along with the costs, pitfalls and benefits associated with this type of environment.

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Milk & Cookies, Laverne & Shirley,VMware & Open Source Management
Speaker: Joe Foran, FSW Inc.
Description: Shrinking budgets, outsourcing, energy cost increases and the dramatic changes in technology over the last five years have all conspired to leave data center resources depleted, putting Data Center Managers under pressure to come up with lower cost alternatives to traditional systems management. Astronomical application fees, maintenance contracts, energy, heating and cooling bills, hardware costs and staffing issues make it difficult to prove the value of proprietary systems management because these expenses eat away at the ROI systems management delivers through greater uptime, higher awareness and tighter SLAs. At the same time, Open Source management applications and virtualization technologies are helping alleviate the pressure by bringing new options to the table.

This presentation demonstrates how to reduce most of these costs by employing virtualized systems and open source applications in order to handle many of the same tasks traditionally handled by OpenView, Tivoli, Unicenter, etc., as well as demonstrating how these tools are useful in negotiations with proprietary software vendors. With the improvements in the open source IT management platforms, it has become increasingly more and more feasible to replace existing systems management systems that simply cost too much with lower-cost, equally capable solutions.

Deciding on the Right Virtualization Hardware
Speaker: Bernard Golden, Navica
Description: There are several competing approaches to virtualization. What are the key differences and how do you decide which is right for you? Beyond virtualization architecture, there are also hardware implications of moving to virtualization that must be addressed to ensure compatibility with an organization's existing infrastructure. Key topics include:

  • Virtualization architectures and their pros and cons
  • Hardware choices and requirements
  • Making the right virtualization choice for your organization

Consolidation and Migration Issues
Speaker: Bernard Golden, Navica
Description: Once you've chosen the right virtualization solution and arranged for the necessary hardware, the key challenge is migrating your existing infrastructure to the new virtualized environment. This session addresses the organizational implications and employee skill sets necessary to succeed with virtualization. In addition, it discusses the migration process; in other words, how to move existing applications to the new environment. Key topics include:

  • Where does virtualization live in the organization
  • How to determine whether your existing staff is virtualization-ready
  • Planning and executing a virtualization migration project

Virtualized Infrastructures: Boosting Performance and Availability with Multi-system Virtualization
Speaker: Tony Iams, Ideas International
Description: Virtualization is typically considered first for server consolidation, testing and development, and support of legacy operating environments. However, when integrated with data center infrastructures, virtualization can also be effective for boosting the uptime and responsiveness of key workloads. This session reviews advanced virtualization techniques that can help to increase the reliability and performance of critical systems.

Making the Virtualization Decision
Speaker: Chris Wolf, ECPI College of Technology
Description: While most in IT are aware of the virtualization boom, many are still wrapping their arms around how to make the most out of virtualization in their specific environment. In this session, host, network, and storage-based virtualization technologies are explained in plain English.

While deciding to virtualize is easy, deciding what and how to virtualize rarely is. With these major decision factors in mind, this session will wrap up with an analysis on how to properly select virtualization candidates and how to properly plan for a smooth transition to virtualized production resources. Careful attention is directed to the major virtualization vendors and product lines, including VMware, Microsoft and Xen.

Optimizing Virtual Environments
Speaker: Chris Wolf, ECPI College of Technology
Description: Most administrators don't deploy servers using all default settings, so virtualization deployment and management should be no different. This session explains how to make the most of your virtualized resources. While analyzing the most common implementation and management challenges that exist in VMware and Virtual Server deployments, you will learn about many of the gotchas and pitfalls that even the most diligent administrators fall victim to. The session concludes with a strong look at VM and host performance optimization, maintaining VM availability and backup and recovery best practices.

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