The good thing about virtualization is that you can easily add things like processor power, cache or storage space when it’s needed. On demand. The bad thing is that in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment this can happen all the time. Which means that – even if it’s just about dragging and dropping to establish a new virtual entity – you always need someone sitting in front of this machine – wasting time waiting.
This is not theory. This is what happens every day – for instance in a VMware environment. Why? Because managing the virtual environment doesn’t mean managing the entire IT environment. What remain unsolved are the dependencies between the virtual and the real world, between standard applications, databases, platforms and legacy applications. That’s the catch. And that’s why serious automation efforts are cross-platform or not.
This aligns with Adam Kerrison who refers to a recent survey in eWeek of 137 user organizations which concluded “that ‘lack of visibility into entire transaction flow’ and ‘inability to anticipate performance issues while conducting virtualization projects’ were the top two obstacles standing between businesses and optimization of application performance in virtualized environments.
Virtual machine sprawl — this rising tide of invisible servers — is the new threat to operational efficiency. To combat VM sprawl, organizations need to understand where their physical and virtual assets are within their IT infrastructure, as well as the relationships and interdependencies between them.”
The questions is: Is there an enterprise-wide automation tool already out there, which can handle these interdependencies.
And the answer – is YES.