To provide the best data center virtualization and management services to customers, you need a thorough knowledge of the latest data center technologies and advancements.
These top 10 tips cover key areas of interest to your customers, including VMware vSphere 4 and Cisco Systems' Unified Computing System. You'll also find tips, chapter excerpts and guides about containing data center costs, managing data center consolidation and virtualization projects and making data centers more energy efficient.
- Tuning vSphere 4 hardware for optimal performance
Implementing vSphere is not that difficult, so all solutions providers should be able to leave their customers with a well-tuned, high-performance system. To tune your customers' vSphere 4 hardware, you should start by looking at how their existing guest and host systems have performed in the last few years. Then, review their hardware and make an educated recommendation for improving their virtual environments.
- Cisco Unified Computing System vs. VMware vSphere 4
It's difficult to talk about data center virtualization and management without bringing up Cisco Systems' and VMware's latest cloud computing technologies. This article analyzes the Cisco Unified Computing System vs. VMware vSphere 4 and discusses which company is better positioned to help solutions providers sell cloud computing services to their customers. Some industry analysts believe that the best service will probably combine virtualization technologies from each vendor.
- Data center cost containment FAQ
Knowing how to contain data center costs goes hand in hand with proper data center management. Before starting this type of project, solutions providers should understand all of the factors that influence data center costs, including energy efficiency, virtualization and power usage. The data center experts in this FAQ will guide you through the best practices for deploying a green data center and give you advice on the impact of data center virtualization and consolidation.
- Beware of hidden costs in server consolidation or virtualization
To optimize data center management, you mustaccount for all costs in server consolidation and virtualization projects. As a solutions provider, it is your responsibility to make sure that your customers are prepared for unexpected costs that can occur during typical Web, file, print, application and database server migrations. This tip lists the most common unforeseen costs that arise during a data center consolidation project and what you can do to prevent these costs from occurring.
- Running performance analysis after server virtualization
One of the most important aspects of a data center virtualization project is knowing how to run a performance analysis after server virtualization. After virtualization, running an analysis is more difficult because there are many virtual machines running on a single server. Fortunately, there are several specialized performance monitoring tools that can help solutions providers with this process, and this chapter excerpt explains how to interpret data from certain tools, including BalancePoint.
- Data center consolidation management
Offering data center consolidation management services is a great way for solutions providers to demonstrate their value to customers. Consolidating data centers brings numerous benefits, including increased operational efficiency, reduced energy consumption and lower expenses. If you're not sure how to present this kind of management service to your customers, the expert in this interview can help you discuss the value of data center consolidation, how consolidation is applicable today and techniques for application migrations.
- Tech Watch Analysis: Data center containers promise easy deployment, management
The value in data center containers is demonstrated in their ability to make the most out of your customers' limited space. Also known as "data centers in a box" or "SANs in a CAN," their preconfigured approach to expanding capacity is becoming more popular among IT pros. Several leading vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Rackable Systems, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have already committed to these modular data center architectures. Find out how data center containers can simplify data center planning and facilitate your deployment and management projects.
- FAQ: Green IT services and virtualization technology in the data center
Customers are often confused about how green IT services and virtualization can impact their overall performance and budget. As a result, solutions providers have a great opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise to customers that lack an energy-efficient data center. Using this FAQ guide, solutions providers can get tips for discussing the cost-saving benefits of green IT with customers, and they can also find out how virtualization technology means more than just server consolidation.
- Determining energy usage in the data center
There are two different approaches to determining energy usage in a data center. One approach involves calculating how much energy a data center consumes in total and then working down to individual devices. The other approach looks at how much energy is consumed in each device and then tallies the results across all devices. After solutions providers figure out the approach they want to use, they then need to know how to make a data center more energy efficient by using virtualization, maximizing current power usage and modifying application performance.
- Data center and IT server room cooling guidelines
Concerns about the economy and new data center technologies are driving customers to look for better, cheaper server room cooling methods. This guide teaches solutions providers about the best practices for server room cooling, as well as guidelines for planning, designing and managing data centers with cooling concerns in mind. You'll also find tips for saving your customers money while following energy-efficient practices and standards.
This was first published in November 2009