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No Catalog, No Cloud. Reading vCloud API, VMware Agrees.

I’m catching up on my reading of VMware vSphere API and sitting right there are service catalogs as a core enabler for the VMware cloud. Essentially, for cloud computing to work at all, you need to have very well defined set of standards, policies and configuration dials. Without these, it’s all manual, error-prone processes that […]

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10. Things Vmware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management

This is part 2 of the series “10 Things Vmware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management” that I’ll be publishing over the next couple of weeks. 2. The service catalog is the place where your user can document (communicate) their request Let me show you an example. If you to the […]

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10 Things Vmware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management

10 Things VMware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management that I’ll be publishing over the next couple of weeks. 5. A service catalog will help VMware admins get ready for cloud computing, public or private. When I first came up with the concept of a service catalog to drive fulfillment process […]

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10 Things Vmware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service

10 Things VMware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management that I’ll be publishing over the next couple of weeks. 8. The service catalog software can communicate directly with the underlying support systems to orchestrate workflow Once we have created our standard templates, published them in the service catalog with nice pictures […]

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10 Things Vmware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management

10 Things Vmware Server Admins Should Know About Self-Service Catalogs and Lifecycle Management that I’ll be publishing over the next couple of weeks. 3. The catalog system is more than a document, it’s also used to manage the lifecycle. What’s great about VM’s is how fast and easy they are to provision, but sometimes they […]

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Products for Cloud Ops vs. Traditional Ops

Don’t know how I missed this one. Highly recommended. I completely agree that there are new winners and losers because of cloud. For example, self-service and the catalog come to the forefront. Lifecycle and subscription management also become important. On the other hand the traditional CMDB? Not so relevant since so many services become abstract; […]

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Using a Service Catalog and Lifecycle Management to Increase Capacity or How Many VM Fit Into a Server?

A colleague sent me this CIO article this morning, How Many Virtual Machines Fit on Your Server? And it’s a very interesting read, because the answer seems to be depends on your workload and how well you manage your lifecycle. Here’s the first quote on best practices. But making sure the hardware can support that […]

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Clouderati vs. Itilista: Thoughts on the Linkage of Cloud and ITIL and Where Twain Fails to Meet

Recently I was speaking with project manager implementing ITIL for the whole service lifecycle. For those, unfamiliar, ITIL is a process framework of 22 processes to manage a service from “Should we do it?” to “How are we are designing it,” “How do we operate it” and the end, “We are getting rid of it.” […]

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“Can I get a price check on this AMI?” Catalog, Order Management, Subscription and Metering

William Vambenepe has a nice post that illustrates some of the challenges in the catalog side of cloud computing. First a quote, then my comments. Of course, by the time my account usage page was updated (it took a few hours) I had found the price list which in retrospect wasn’t that hard to find […]

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