Managing a virtualized environment can be as challenging as an equivalent physical environment. Many of the same tasks still need to be performed. Some tasks at the physical level get reduced. But in many instances, there are the same number, or more instances, of OS images. Let's examine core management tasks performed in the data center and how Dell partners with industry-leading vendors to help customers with those tasks.
One way to think of management is by breaking the complete solution into its component parts. Every enterprise-class solution consists of at least three components: the physical server, the OS, and the application. And each of these components has four core management tasks performed against them: deployment, monitoring, optimizing, and maintaining.
If we stack these components and tasks, it might look like this:
Figure 1 : VMware Management - The Dell TechCenter
This stack represents the life cycle of all enterprise-class solutions. They must be deployed, monitored, optimized, and maintained. Deployment is typically a one-time operation. The other three are in a constant circular relationship. You monitor the solution for failure or performance; then optimize for better performance, maintain BIOS, firmware, or patches to keep the performance; and then start the cycle all over again.
Dell offers solutions in this stack and partners with industry leading vendors for other solutions in this stack. There is some level of overlap, so let's examine which product works best for each piece of the total solution.
Dell and its partners offer many different solutions for deployment or provisioning of servers and solutions. Typically, deployment of a solution is thought of as a one-time process. In the virtualized environment, VMs may be redeployed many times throughout the day because of changing workload or environmental conditions.
Deployment tools offered from Dell
Monitoring is critical to the success of any enterprise-class solution. "You can't manage what you don't measure," is a typical mantra often cited. It is true for these solutions as well. You must have the proper tools to measure, then baseline that measurement, and constantly monitor any differences in your baseline. Only then can you know if any changes to the solution are affecting your baseline positively or negatively.
You must also be able to monitor for any problems in the solution. You don't want your first alert of a problem to be the CEO saying that they can't access their e-mail.
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