White Paper
Achieving Virtualization Control with Intelligent Service Automation
Date: 10/07/2009 Length: 3 pages Cost: $99.00

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There are many tools for technical management of virtual infrastructures, such as hypervisor configuration, VM performance monitoring, memory management, etc. Without doubt, such low-level infrastructure management is important, but ultimately IT needs to be supporting business-critical application services, not just infrastructure.

However, EMA recommends a higher-level virtual systems management approach for business-critical workloads, because EMA research shows that this systems-based approach has significant and measurable benefits. Moreover, integrated virtual systems management is even more likely to yield best practice outcomes.

For use cases like an on-demand approach to executing common extract-transfer-load (ETL) operations, sophisticated processing of VM snapshots, or predictive scalability to support highly dynamic business applications, integrated and application-aware automation that natively supports virtualization allows a service-aware, business-focused, IT operation.

This service-aware automation can even form a building block for cloud computing, as automated virtual service management sets the stage for well-managed cloud computing services, with a turnkey approach to flexibility, agility, and scalability, and the essential convenient, on-demand configuration of shared computing resources

This EMA white paper explores these concepts in more detail, providing a guide to achieving virtualization control with intelligent service automation.

EMA Staff

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