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George Crump
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Live from VMworld

This week I will be at VMworld and will be giving ongoing reports of what we see there. Overall, the show seems as busy as last year. The facility is a little smaller and attendance may be a little lighter but they are expecting between 10,000 and 12,000 people. Look for quick updates, in reverse order, throughout the week. Updates will also appear at the top of the page.

This week I will be at VMworld and will be giving ongoing reports of what we see there.

Overall, the show seems as busy as last year. The facility is a little smaller and attendance may be a little lighter but they are expecting between 10,000 and 12,000 people. Look for quick updates, in reverse order, throughout the week. Updates will also appear at the top of the page.

Akorri provides software that from a storage perspective supplies intelligence to help IT professionals the interrelationships between VMware and CPU, memory, networks and storage. The agentless software helps their users understand what virtual machines are using which parts of storage or what the interrelationships are between virtual machines and those resources that they share. The package helps answer questions where VM loads are coming from and what guests are causing problems in the environment. Using this software allows increased VM densities by understanding how VMs are contending for resources across CPU, memory and storage.>

The latest release announced at the show expands the view ESX cluster wide. They added analytics around the cluster to understand efficiency as well as limits and allows you to answer these questions; Are you getting what I expected to get? How often am I running above the limits of the cluster or is there are way I can bring in more resources into the cluster? How many VMs can I pack on each ESX host without impacting performance? What is the optimal size of each VM for each application?

In short, this allows customers to take those hard to virtualize servers that are log jamming the virtualization rollout and move to the next stage of virtualization. This is done by providing analytics that allow users to understand what the performance needs of these critical servers are and to show that the performance deliverable after virtualization has been maintained.

George Crump is president and founder of Storage Switzerland, an IT analyst firm focused on the storage and virtualization segments. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for datacenters across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, ... View Full Bio
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