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Performance Management in Software-Defined and Cloud Environments: Observations and recommendations from experts--Technical white paper

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Overview

IT organizations are on a journey to cloud, server virtualization, and software-defined data centers.

This paper discusses how the fluid nature of the data center changes the ground rules for performance management. In this new era, it becomes difficult to ensure service levels and application performance.

You need to take the following steps for effective...

IT organizations are on a journey to cloud, server virtualization, and software-defined data centers.

This paper discusses how the fluid nature of the data center changes the ground rules for performance management. In this new era, it becomes difficult to ensure service levels and application performance.

You need to take the following steps for effective virtualization and cloud management:

  • Understand the challenges and risks associated with different IT environments—from traditional to cloud to software-defined data centers.
  • Develop a reference architecture for monitoring and automation.
  • Avoid the use of tactical point tools and use integrated management tools that enable your IT administrators to see and resolve problems that span virtualized compute, storage, and networking realms.
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Executive summary
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Taking virtualization to a new level
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A new paradigm that’s evolutionary
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Building blocks of the software defined data center
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A unique set of challenges
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Myths and realities
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Risks and rewards
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Recommendations
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