VMware Looks to Automation to Spur Virtual Machine Adoption

Michael Vizard

In recognition of the challenges associated with managing virtual machines in an increasingly diverse IT environment, VMware this week announced it is shoring up its portfolio of IT management tools via the acquisition of DynamicOps.

According to Ramin Sayar, vice president and general manager of virtualization and cloud management at VMware, DynamicOps offerings will extend the company IT automation portfolio beyond VMware virtual machines in a way that complements the company’s vCloud and vFabric virtualization management tools.

In particular, Sayar says DynamicOps technologies will help with the migration of application workloads from testing environments that might reside on, for example, an Amazon cloud or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine that will need to move to production environments that more often than not are going to be based on VMware.

Sayar made it plain that while VMware is looking to extend the reach of its management portfolio, the company remains firmly convinced that VMware is still the optimum platform for running application workloads in production. The DynamicOps technology just gives VMware a tool that provides much more fine-grain control over multiple virtual and physical server environments, says Sayar.

Ultimately, virtualization and cloud computing are all about automation for no other reason that neither can scale without it. Most IT organizations can’t afford to continue to throw administrators at virtual servers that continue to sprawl out of control, which in turn is one of root causes of a “DevOps” crisis that continues to mount with each passing day.

On one hand the acquisition of DynamicsOps is a tacit admission on the part of VMware that the enterprise is getting more, rather than less, heterogeneous. But more importantly, VMware knows that demand of virtual machines is very much tightly coupled with the ability of any given IT organization to manage those virtual machines. By providing customers with better tools to do just that, VMware is hoping that the number of virtual machines deployed in any given environment will continue to grow exponentially regardless of how many actual administrators there are available to actually manage them.

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