Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


04:05 PM
George Crump
George Crump

The Efficiency Roadblock To Virtualization

In my last entry we discussed some of the challenges storage presents to expanding the level at which companies deploy virtualized servers. There is another, potentially larger roadblock to virtualization; staff inefficiency.

In my last entry we discussed some of the challenges storage presents to expanding the level at which companies deploy virtualized servers. There is another, potentially larger roadblock to virtualization; staff inefficiency.In almost every organization that we meet with the IT team is stretched thinner than ever. All server virtualization allows for this thin staff to deploy servers at a record pace. Essentially increasing the density of workloads per physical server. Server virtualization has done little to improve the amount of workloads that can be managed per VM. How can this be addressed?

The first reaction it seems of most vendors is to "put a wizard on it" or to integrate as a tab within VMware's virtual center. While these steps certainly do help IT efficiency, they really just speed up the interaction with the GUI. Again this helps but the big challenge is knowing all the answers to the questions that the GUI is asking you and then monitoring the actions that the wizard takes after you click go.

What is needed is more automation. As I discussed recently with a CIO of a major financial trading firm, they feel it is imperative that they automate storage and their virtualized server environment to optimize efficiency and maintain the cost savings they have experienced with virtualization.

As we discuss in our recent article "Getting OpEx Savings from Your Virtual Infrastructure", automation of repetitive tasks is really one of the keys to achieving improved Admin to Server ratios.

IT Automation has been around for as long as there has been IT. It usually is a big task that involves multiple departments and a lot of decision makers. Automation of the server virtualization environment can deliver much of the hoped for efficiencies of IT Automation but because of the smaller project its adoption rate can be significantly higher.

Going beyond automation is where storage and server virtualization needs to end up. The two need to have an almost instinctive nature about them. Part of the key is to drive the storage element down to one thing to manage. One storage pool, not one hundred volumes. Companies like 3PAR, Nexenta and Isilon leverage the concept of a single common storage resource pool that can respond instantly to changes in virtual server workloads.

Essentially solutions like these are eliminating the storage element known as the volume. The end of volume management will be the subject of our next entry.

Track us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/storageswiss

Subscribe to our RSS feed.

George Crump is founder of Storage Switzerland, an analyst firm focused on the virtualization and storage marketplaces. It provides strategic consulting and analysis to storage users, suppliers, and integrators. An industry veteran of more than 25 years, Crump has held engineering and sales positions at various IT industry manufacturers and integrators. Prior to Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest integrators.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
44% of Security Threats Start in the Cloud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/19/2020
Zero-Factor Authentication: Owning Our Data
Nick Selby, Chief Security Officer at Paxos Trust Company,  2/19/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
Stored Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Blackboard Learn/PeopleTool v9.1 allows users to inject arbitrary web script via the Tile widget in the People Tool profile editor.
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
LiteCart through 2.2.1 allows admin/?app=users&doc=edit_user CSRF to add a user.
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
The WPJobBoard plugin 5.5.3 for WordPress allows Persistent XSS via the Add Job form, as demonstrated by title and Description.
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
An issue was discovered in the Linux kernel 5.4 and 5.5 through 5.5.6 on the AArch64 architecture. It ignores the top byte in the address passed to the brk system call, potentially moving the memory break downwards when the application expects it to move upwards, aka CID-dcde237319e6. This has been ...
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
OpenSMTPD before 6.6.4 allows local users to read arbitrary files (e.g., on some Linux distributions) because of a combination of an untrusted search path in makemap.c and race conditions in the offline functionality in smtpd.c.