Best Practices in Managing Virtual Infrastructure
Virtual machine (VM) mobility and orchestration are key elements of the dynamic data center, but not all organizations are ready and willing to turn the keys to their data centers over to a set of orchestration tools. Several technical and non-technical pitfalls influence VM mobility, including: network and storage connectivity and isolation requirements, server hardware, service level requirements, security requirements, and software licensing. This session will take a practical look at the current approaches and hazards that exist when managing the virtual infrastructure as it relates to data center automation. Along the way, attendees will be presented with tools, tips, and scripts that can be leveraged to optimize management of the virtual data center.
Technical Overview Session
Networking; Storage / Backup; VMware Infrastructure; Virtualization Platform / Hypervisor
Chris Wolf( BurtonGroup ), Drue Reeves( Burton Group )
Chris Wolf is a senior analyst for Burton Group Data Center Strategies. He covers server virtualization and data center consolidation, data protection, management and classification, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Prior to joining Burton Group, Chris was a nationally recognized independent consultant, the CIS department head at the ECPI College of Technology, and consultant with CommVault Systems. With 14 years of experience in virtualization, data protection and recovery, high availability, and enterprise storage management, Chris is an industry leader in virtualization coverage. Chris also authored Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise, the first book published on the topic. His virtualization presentations and workshops are consistently amongst the highest rated sessions at conferences in both the US and Europe.
Drue Reeves is the Vice President and Research Director for Burton Group Data Center Strategies. He covers server platforms and blades, storage virtualization, storage platforms and protocols, enterprise and system management, data center power and cooling. Prior to joining Burton Group, Drue was defining strategy for scalable enterprise architecture while part of Dell's CTO office. With 16+ years of experience in hardware and operating systems industry for Compaq/HP and Dell, Drue worked on the first ProLiant and ProSignia servers while a part of Compaq's Industry Standards Server Group. Drue was the former chair of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) SMI-S Host working group, authored CIM profiles the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), and has several granted/pending patents in systems management, storage, virtualization, and identity management.
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