VMware Infrastructure Management | Increasing Business Agility
VMware prides itself on delivering innovation in line with customer needs and skills sets. As pressure builds on IT organisations to deliver ‘always on’ IT services, VMware is responding with enhanced application management tools.
These tools enable IT organisations to maintain the delicate balance between complying with IT policies and standards and delivering the flexibility and responsiveness demanded by business units. Here are some of the tools that can help IT organisations strike this balance and help their business secure a competitive edge.
No business can afford an extended loss of IT services. An outage lasting hours or days can cost productivity, customers, revenue and reputation. However, too many businesses continue to rely on traditional disaster recovery and business continuity systems. These often archaic ‘solutions’ can leave a business unable to meet critical recovery time and recovery point objectives. These ‘solutions’ typically include error-prone manual processes that result in frequent failures.
VMware’s Site Recovery Manager allows businesses to implement end-to-end disaster recovery management and automation.
IT Service Delivery
Managing IT services over their entire lifecycle is a key task for every IT organisation. A well-constructed management plan spans development, staging, deployment, updating and retirement. Every step in this process must comply with established corporate policies and be completed within reasonable delivery times.
VMware products can reduce the load on each of the key groups accountable for IT services:
- IT administrators must keep up with an often overwhelming volume of requests for infrastructure access. They must also ensure computing resources are provided in line with corporate standards and policies. VMware Lifecycle Manager ensures a consistent and automated process.
- Application administrators transition new or updated applications into production and coordinate changes while minimising downtime risk due to pre-production error. This can be a time-consuming process. VMware Stage Manager accelerates the transition of applications into production.
- Development and Quality Assurance groups often face long lead times for infrastructure requests that can delay product development cycles. VMware Lab Manager offers self-service provisioning with a library of ready-to-go environments.
The front end of Lifecycle Manager is completely customisable, enabling customers to build a web portal to allow administrators to commission, provision and view virtual machines.
All the policies, permissions and processes associated with virtual machines can be automated and set to run in the background. This gives administrators a straightforward, controlled and repeatable way of managing a virtual machine lifecycle.
Application Performance Management
As VMware Infrastructure deployments grow larger and more integral to IT operations, administrators are increasingly required to manage the performance of applications running in virtual machines. B-hive Conductor allows administrators to monitor and manage application service levels on VMware Infrastructure.
VMware’s virtualisation technologies meet customer requirements across all industries and sizes. For more information about VMware products and services, please visit www.vmware.com.au or Enquire Online.
Director, Partner Organisation, VMware Australia and New Zealand