Virtualize Business Critical Applications Blog: Driving Down Database TCO with VMware Data Director and SAP-Sybase ASE

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Nov 302012
 

A recent IDC study concluded SAP-Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) has the lowest total cost of ownership compared to other relational database management systems (RDBMS). The study found ASE required 27% less processing power and servers than other RDBMS.VMware found ASE’s threaded architected to be equally efficient when running on VMware vSphere. Our validation testing showed ASE performance, when virtualized, is often equal that of identical physical systems.

VMware vFabric Data Director can further reduce hardware TCO by quickly virtualizing ASE on vSphere using built-in workflows to virtualize and migrate physical databases to run on vSphere. I speak to many SAP-Sybase customers who are still on older UNIX boxes who want to virtualize on modern x86 servers. vFabric Data Director can be used to jump start the physical to virtual conversion process and also keep security, data protection polices, resource consumption, and database configuration best practices in place.

The IDC study also showed SAP-Sybase requires 27% less IT Staff to manage ASE compared to other RDBMS, further TCO management costs can again be realized with vFabric Data Director.  Provisioning can be one of the most time consuming tasks requiring multiple IT teams working together to properly configure a database server.  It is not uncommon for departments to wait weeks or even months before their requests have been satisfied.  With VMware vFabric Data Director, provisioning can be a self-service operation.  The DBAs set up database templates and associates role-base permissions for use with these templates, as well as setting resource allocation to specific organizations.  Then users simply go through a self-service wizard to create a database which meets their requirements.

It won’t be long before our customers can take advantage of these capabilities. VMware and SAP-Sybase are working together on an ASE plug-in for vFabric Data Director which will be out by the end of the year.  To learn more about the capabilities of Data Director visit the product landing page or watch the product demo video below.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/unoDXJW2jT4

For more information contact Bob Goldsand (bgoldsand@vmware.com) and Jonathan Jiang (jonathanj@vmware.com)

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Join Us for Our First Twitter #vSMBChat: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for SMB’s

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Nov 302012
 

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are topics on every IT administrator’s mind.
IT pros are reviewing, rebuilding and testing their disaster recovery plans to ensure that if an event occurs, their IT infrastructure is protected and they have the tools in place to quickly recover from an outage.

For our first Twitter #vSMBChat, we will be exploring business continuity and disaster recovery options for small to midsized businesses, the key components of a disaster recovery plan.  Also, Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick), Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist, will co-moderate the Twitter chat. Mike has been a proud vExpert since 2009 and has published several books on VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3, VMware vSphere 4 and VMware Site Recovery Manager.

We would like to invite service providers, partners or anyone interested in IT business continuity and disaster recovery to join us for our #vSMBchat on Thursday, December 6th at 10 am PT on Twitter.

Here’s how to participate in #vSMBchat:

  • Follow @VMwareSMB on Twitter
  • At 10 am PT  @VMwareSMB will pose a few questions using the #vSMBchat hashtag to get the conversation rolling.
  • Follow the #vSMBchat hashtag (via TweetChatTweetGrid, TweetDeck or another Twitter client) and watch the real-time stream.
  • Make sure to tag your tweets with the #vSMBchat hashtag.
  • This #vSMBchat should last about an hour.

In the meantime, feel free to follow on Twitter and tweet at us (@VMwareSMB) with any questions. We look forward to having you join us next Thursday for #vSMBchat!

VMware vSphere Blog: VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Error and Time Synchronization

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Nov 302012
 

Using vSphere Data Protection (VDP), I have seen the following error a few times and it has appeared in forums so I thought it would make sense to post a short article on it.

“The most recent request has been rejected by the server. The most common cause for this error is that the times on the VDP appliance and your SSO server are not in sync.”

That is an example of a well-written error message – thank you, VDP developers. As the error suggests, it is likely an issue of time difference between the VDP appliance and the VMware vSphere Single Sign-On (SSO) server it is linked to. To resolve the issue, make sure the vSphere host that is running the VDP appliance has its NTP client configured properly and running. In the vSphere Web Client, this is done by selecting a host, clicking the Manage tab, and then clicking Time Configuration.

Do the same for the host running the SSO server using the same NTP server, of course. If you are running the SSO server on a Windows server (virtual or physical), make sure Windows is configured with the proper time zone for its location, as well. Last, but not least, make sure the latest version of VMware Tools is installed in your virtual machines. The VDP appliance comes with VMware Tools already installed.

In a VMware virtualized environment and in just about any environment, for that matter, it is best practice to make sure…
1. DNS name resolution is configured and working properly – forward and reverse lookup, long name and short name.
2. All hosts are configured to use an accurate and reliable source of time – preferably, the same source.

VMware Accelerate: Application Relocation and Virtualization of Business Critical Applications

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Nov 302012
 

AUTHOR: Vladimir ‘Val’ Taft, Business Solutions Architect

Sandy was a reminder. As Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Eastern seaboard of the United States, it brought devastation and human suffering across 15 states. The storm’s destruction flickered across the digital world as well, causing flooding in some of the major data centers, including those in lower Manhattan. As a result, it brought down a number of high-profile web sites and critical applications.

Speaking of extreme situations, I vividly remember working on a project to plan the relocation of a data center out of what had been and, with the recent events in the Middle East, became a war-zone location again. Relocation of 24×7 business critical applications (BCA), not surprisingly, was squarely in the path of this time-critical project. The pressure was real!

These are extreme situations, but even data center move is akin to a natural disaster in that it necessitates a relocation of an application to a different site, albeit at a known date.  Business critical applications are called that for a reason – they are critical to the business.  So even a regular data center move, for example due to a lease expiration, poses many questions for the CIO: How easy it will be to relocate our business critical applications?  How long will it take? Will our IP addresses change? Will it break our legacy applications? What type of downtime will be required? How much new equipment remains within our existing service-level agreements (SLA) and service-level objectives (SLO) commitments?

Deploying an application as a set of virtual machines and storage virtualization greatly simplifies this process and streamlines application relocation. The IT industry seems to now be in agreement that virtualized applications are easier to deploy, run, scale and relocate. For these and other good reasons it is only a matter of time until BCA virtualization becomes a recognized best practice for contemporary IT.

There are, however, a number of barriers hindering BCA virtualization as they:

  • Typically constitute a group of integrated, interdependent applications (known as an application affinity group)
  • May contain legacy applications, thus may be susceptible to breaking down with infrastructure and/or IP addressing changes
  • Need a mature platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure as relocating a BCA onto an unreliable platform may and usually does create a big problem
  • Tend to have stringent SLOs and highly customized infrastructure, thus require cumbersome infrastructure- and application-specific disaster recovery (DR) methods
  • Require multiple non-production environments to support elaborate software development lifecycle (SDLC), which require changes to be done in technical and organizational synchrony
  • And may warrant  building an enterprise-wide consensus as its implementation plans and schedules require a wider, more elaborate coordination.

When the CIO faces these obstacles, it is not uncommon to do nothing, that is, continue business as usual. This problem avoidance is not a good strategy however, as it leads to:

  • Sub-optimal workload sourcing
  • Longer outages of the business critical applications
  • And higher costs for relocation and recovery.

How real are the technical risks in BCA virtualization?  It took the IT industry a relatively short time to iron out the engineering risks – and by now virtualization of the major IT infrastructure components has become a routine endeavor. The typical low-hanging fruit have been the infrastructure components owned by the corporate IT and not directly visible to the end users. This includes: directory servers; print servers; communications and security appliances; and JEE platforms including WebSphere, Weblogic, and JBoss. Over the past few years, virtualization of the enterprise-class databases: virtualization of MS SQL Server and Oracle, including its clustered variant – Oracle Real Applications Cluster (RAC), has been done and vague supportability concerns have been demystified. So, in actuality, BCA virtualization is a number of problems each of which has been sold. In fact, many of them have to be tackled at the same time, which may be daunting in some cases.

Taking into account the wide scope of technical complexity and potential organizational issues, BCA transformation needs to be approached as an enterprise-wide program. Here are just some of the critical prerequisites the CIO will need to address:

  • A comprehensive business case analysis must be done in the enterprise-wide context that includes facilities, business continuity (BC), DR and strategic IT planning
  • A design must be completed and a budget defined for a set of non-production environments for the BCA virtualization and a highly available production PaaS
  • A credible plan must be defined to guide the implementation, rollout and cut-over to production.

To get your BCA virtualization initiative off the ground, you will need to:

  • Draft a high-level plan for your BCA virtualization initiative and start the process for the inclusion of BCA virtualization in the strategic IT plan
  • Review your business case with the corporate executive management, obtain preliminary budget approvals required to get started
  • Include your BCA virtualization initiative in the strategic IT plan
  • Negotiate a realistic timeframe for completion (18 – 24 months is desirable)
  • Expedite the planning phase and building consensus by having your business case analysis for the BCA virtualization completed early in this process

Technical complexity of BCA virtualization and cost comparison with the business-as-usual baseline is not a trivial exercise. It requires understanding of all facets of IT, including the applications portfolio, technical infrastructure, facilities, DR planning, security, organizational readiness, and last but not least – value engineering. As CIO, it is important to prove to yourself and to your IT organization that for your enterprise, BCA virtualization will indeed lower the TCO for enterprise applications, streamline DR, and help data center mobility.

Which brings us back to planning a data center move and applications relocation.   Readiness for common situations like data center relocations, and even more so –  mobility in the face of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy or earthquakes as well as those man-made – call for BCA virtualization . And, yes – it does help to be prepared.

VMware Accelerate can help with expeditious business case analysis and the blueprints for successful IT initiatives, thus shorten the critical path to the enterprise-wide BCA virtualization and application relocation readiness.

Visit our Web site to learn more about our offerings, or reach out to us today at: accelerate@vmware.com for more information

Installing the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager plug-in for the vSphere Client

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Nov 302012
 

In this second video, we discuss and demonstrate installing the vCenter Multi Hypervisor Manager server plug-in for the vSphere Client.

The vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server needs to be installed before you can use vCenter Server to manage 3rd-party hypervisors. You can install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server on the same machine as vCenter Server if it runs on Windows or on a remote machine.

After you install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server, you must install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager plug-in for the vSphere Client. The vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager plug-in provides a separate inventory tree and management functionality for third-party hypervisors in the vSphere Client.

Before installing the plug-in, ensure that the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server has been installed first. For additional details, see the VMware Knowledge Base article Installing vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager best practices (2036700).

Installing the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server

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Nov 302012
 

Hey there, KBTV fans!

Today we have two new videos for your viewing pleasure. In these videos we discuss and demonstrate how to install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server and the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager plug-in for the vSphere Client.

In the first of these two videos, we focus on the process for installing the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server.

The vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server needs to be installed before you can use vCenter Server to manage 3rd-party hypervisors. You can install the vCenter Multi Hypervisor Manager server on the same machine as vCenter Server if it runs on Windows or on a remote machine.

Before installing, ensure that these prerequisites are met:

  • You have an account with administrator privileges on the vCenter Server system.
  • The Windows Remote Management service is running and configured on the vCenter Server machine and on the machine where you install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server.
  • Your user account has sufficient rights to install the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package. The vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager installer initiates the installation of the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package.
  • (If you want to use a custom certificate for vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager) You have all the necessary certification authorities in the Trusted Root Certification Authority on the system where you want to install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager server.

For additional information, see the VMware Knowledge Base article Installing vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager best practices (2036700).

For instructions on how to install the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manger plugin for the vSphere Client, see the VMware Knowledge Base article Installing vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager plug-in best practices (2039704).

Configuring vSphere Management Assistant as a Syslog Server (1038550)

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Nov 302012
 
Note: To configure syslog for ESXi 5.0, see Configuring syslog on ESXi 5.0 (2003322). Configuring vMA as a Syslog server 1) Stop the rsyslog daemon in vMA using the command: sudo... Published: 11/30/12

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Experiencing low throughput for UDP workloads on Windows virtual machines in vSphere 5.1 (2040065)

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Nov 302012
 
When a Windows virtual machine transmits UDP packets larger than 1024 bytes with insignificant amount of other traffic, you experience lower than... Published: 11/30/12

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Enabling vSphere Replication for a virtual machine in Site Recovery Manager fails with the error: There is a storage iss…

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Nov 302012
 
· Cannot enable vSphere Replication for a virtual machine in vCenter Site... Published: 11/30/12

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Installing vShield App fails with the error: vShield App installation encountered error while installing vib (2032211)

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Nov 302012
 
· Cannot install vShield App 5.0.1 on an ESXi 5.0 Update 1 host · Installing vShield App 5.0.1 fails · You see the error: vShield... Published: 11/30/12

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Migrating Linked clone pools to a different or new Datastore (1028754)

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Nov 302012
 
To move all Linked Clone desktops and the associated replicas off a Datastore Ensure that the source destination Datastore is accessible from all ESX servers in the View Cluster.... Published: 11/30/12

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Virtual machine does not boot after being converted from a physical Red Hat machine (1002402)

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Nov 302012
 
The issue occurs because the operating system's ramdisk image does not include the drivers or modules for the virtual SCSI adapter configured for the... Published: 11/30/12

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VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager may not correctly cleanup snapshot LUNs (2017655)

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Nov 302012
 
· After an SRM cleanup task, the snap volume is still showing in vCenter Server. · On the ESXi host, an APD issue is detected: naa.60a9800050334f516d4a694d6a53666e... Published: 11/30/12

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Commands to monitor snapshot deletion in ESX 2.5/3.x/4.x and ESXi 3.x.x/4.x.x/5.x (1007566)

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Nov 302012
 
· Cannot observe the progress when deleting a snapshot. · It is difficult to determine status of snapshot deletion. · Snapshot removal task stops at 95% and... Published: 11/30/12

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VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: VMware’s Cyber Week Specials – A New Discount Every Day

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Nov 302012
 

For the first time since 2008, when VMware first introduced Cyber Monday promotions on our online store, we will be having a week long sale instead of our standard 1 to 2 day sale. Not only will we have discounts on our usual suspects, but there will also be discounts on some other key products, including offerings for the small and midsize business.  Be on the lookout for your daily savings and check back each day to discover the new deal!

Visit VMware’s Cyber Monday Sales page now!

Monday 11/26:

  • 40% off Fusion 5 Professional when you Buy or Upgrade
  • 30% off Workstation 9 when you Buy or Upgrade
  • 20% off Fusion 5 when you Buy

Tuesday 11/27:

  • 10% off VMware vSphere Standard with Operations Management
  • 10% off VMware vSphere Standard

Wednesday 11/28:

  • 30% Off Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Standard Edition 250 Mailbox Pack
  • 30% Off Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Standard Edition 25 Mailbox Pack

Thursday 11/29:

  • 20% off Go Pro Service for 3 Years
  • 20% off Go Pro Service for 2 Years
  • 20% off Go Pro Service for 1 Year

Friday 11/30:

  • Last day to save!