On December 5th, Deji Akomolafe from VMware Corporation, and Cody Chapman and David Klee from our team at Heraflux presented at this year’s USENIX LISA16 conference in Boston, MA. The three of us presented a half-day workshop entitled “Designing Your VMware Virtual Infrastructure for Optimal Performance, Resilience and Availability – Straight from the Source”.
Not very long ago, the very idea of virtualization production mission-supporting enterprise applications can be said to be so career-threatening that only the brave dare entertain it for longer than a few seconds. Fast forward to now, virtualization is so pervasive and well-accepted that the inverse is true—”Virtualize First” is now a standard corporate mandate in large enterprises, and no modern commercial application is exempted.
Sadly, embracing virtualization has turned out not be the panacea for everything that ails an enterprise. In fact, virtualization often contributes to sub-optimal performance, availability, recoverability, and agility of many applications in the enterprise—with lots of frustrations, heartburn, reduced productivity, and yes, interrupted personal lives. In a rush to be a part of the “cool crowd,” many enterprises fail to identify and account for the intricacies and requirements of the virtualization platform, relegating such considerations to the secondary or tertiary tiers on the “Due Diligence” scale.
If you have have adopted virtualization as a platform for your mission-critical applications, or if you are in the process of doing so, please be sure to attend this tutorial. The tutorial will provide a comprehensive and detailed knowledge transfer that enables you to avoid the common pitfalls encountered in a VMware vSphere virtualization project infrastructure. We will discuss and explain the considerations for successfully running your mission-critical applications in a vSphere-based infrastructure without loss of performance, availability, recovery, and resilience. The tutorial will go beyond the standard slide-ware and present an actual demonstration of the effects of certain configuration optimization strategies on the overall condition of the virtualized applications and the virtual infrastructure as a whole.
The slides have been posted for you to download and review. Thanks for having us present, and we look forward to next year!