Tom Foremski with featured speakers from the Virtualization Summit
Silicon Valley Watcher editor Tom Foremski moderates a panel of featured speakers from BrightTALK's Virtualization Summit as they respond to questions and engage in a lively discussion of the ins and outs of virtualization.
Now, corporations truly understand that it’s not a matter of if a disaster will occur, but when. Hurricane Katrina is one example of a major disaster that has forced companies to pause and reevaluate their Disaster Recovery strategy. Virtualization technologies have created an affordable DR approach, yielding greater environment flexibility and mobility. However, many manual steps must still be taken to recover or failover an entire IT environment. VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) can automate most of those manual steps to provide a repeatable, reportable and recoverable solution to complement your corporate DR plan. This presentation will focus on the benefits of SRM and key points of consideration when looking to automate your DR steps.
While the cost, flexibility and scalability benefits of virtualization are undeniable, so are the systems and network management challenges created by the virtual data center. Cautionary tales abound, examples of organizations who have not just figured out how to manage their virtualized environments, but how to use management to maximize their performance and availability are still fewer than one would expect. In this Webcast, Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic will address best practices for managing and monitoring your virtualized data center, once created. He will also provide expert input on how to evaluate virtualization management tools, tricks for streamlining application-level management, common misperceptions and pitfalls that can be avoided and much more. Last he will offer clear cut examples of companies that have successfully overcome virtualization management hurdles.
Any IT transformation is complex and high risk, requiring significant change in technology, process and culture. This is why an incremental, plan-driven approach is critical for successful transformation. The Cloud Computing Adoption Model is a graduated, stepwise approach for adoption of cloud technologies. It helps to cut through the hype and lay out a clear game plan incrementing toward cloud without putting projects, budgets and even careers at risk based on a 5-step framework loosely modeled after the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. For each level, the Model outlines the strategic goals, key investment requirements, expected returns, risk factors, and readiness criteria for graduating to the next step.