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VMware vSphere 5.x includes automated server workload balancing in the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise+ premium suites via two feature sets: Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  DRS and DPM together are intended to provide an automated method for balancing compute capacity and reducing energy consumption in a highly virtualized datacenter.  It does this by addressing five key technical areas: Automated Server Workload Balancing … Initial Workload Placement Constraint Correction Automated VM Load Balancing Power Management Cluster Maintenance These capabilities are important to ensure that an organization is efficiently leveraging virtualization host capacity in a manner that provides greatest performance benefits while reducing ongoing operating costs.  However, research has shown that 65% to 70% of organizations are running... (more)

Containers with Docker and Azure | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

(Part 5) Open Source + Microsoft Azure - Deploying Linux Containers in the Cloud with Docker and Azure In part 5 of our “ Open Source + Azure ” series, Keith Mayer welcomes Tatiana Lavrentieva to the show as they discuss how you can deploy Linux Containers in the cloud using Docker and Microsoft Azure. [ 2:32 ] What is Docker and how are organizations using Docker and Azure together? [ 6:24 ] What are the main components of Docker? [ 10:00 ] Traditionally, Docker tools run on Linux ... is there support for running Docker tools on Windows as well? [ 18:00 ] How does networking w... (more)

Ten Key Scenarios: Extend Your Network Today with Windows Azure

Today, April 16th 2013, the Windows Azure team has announced that Windows Azure Infrasructure Services ( Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks ) has been released for General Availability ( GA ) for production workloads!  You can read the full details of this formal announcement at: Read: Windows Azure Infrastructure Services: The Power of ‘And’ Over 200,000 customers are actively using Windows Azure as their cloud platform.  In this article, I’ll review the step-by-step scenarios with which these customers have experienced great value – so that YOU can easily get started leverag... (more)

Software-Defined Networks - Is the Hypervisor Your Next Router?

In the world of virtualized datacenters, many of us have long enjoyed the ability to abstract application workloads from the underlying physical server infrastructure by virtualizing those workloads inside VM's running atop a hypervisor, such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere. This has proved to be a valuable approach for reducing the cost and complexity of provisioning new application workloads, as many organizations have benefited from improvements in application agility, disaster recovery, ease of migration and consolidated server hardware. Software-Defined Networking (SD... (more)

TechNet Radio: Build Your Hybrid Cloud - Delegating Management in the Azure Cloud with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) - Part 26

Continuing their  "Build Your Hybrid Cloud" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze  show us how to delegate administration to infrastructure admins, application admins, and help desk roles in the Cloud with Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). [1:20] How do we control access to Azure Resource Manager using Role Based Access Control? [13:17] DEMO: How RBAC works through the Azure Portal and PowerShell Best Practices: Use Azure AD for admin identities Connect Azure AD with Windows Server AD on-premises Enable multi-factor auth Manage access via Azure AD Groups Use Azure Resou... (more)