VMworld 2012 wrap-up: What’s on the Horizon

Posted by at 10:55 AM

When I wrote this post, my plane was soaring 34,000 feet above the eastern edge of San Francisco, rocketing me away from VMware’s ninth-annual VMworld 2012. It really seemed the place — floating above the clouds, catching a glimpse of the sun hitting the horizon — to reflect on some of the new products revealed at this year’s worldwide users conference.

The cloud played a leading role this year (as you can expect with any big tech conference nowadays) as vendors demonstrated how small business could use the cloud to create, automate, and provision their own cost-effective private clouds.

But I think the announcement that got everyone the most excited (and let’s be honest, it would only ever get a cheer in a room full of nerds) was that VMware is stepping away from its vRAM licensing model. Rather than pricing based on the amount of memory provisioned inside the environment, it will be based on the number of CPUs on the physical machines used to run the virtual environment, regardless of the power of those CPUs.

But VMware had a lot more in store for us than just licensing news. Here’s a look at my top-three takeaways from VMworld 2012. Continue Reading…

Metrics to measure the success of the cloud: A report from VMworld 2012

Posted by at 5:59 PM

Although we were happy to see Michael Dell and Paul Maritz in attendance at VMworld 2012 (the latter receiving a “standing-O” after his Tuesday afternoon lunchtime address), we’ll leave the reporting on their activities to the bigger trade publications.

Instead, we’ll share some stats presented by VMware’s Sanjay Mirchandani and Craig Stanley during a standing-room-only breakout session titled, “Planning and Measuring the Impact of Cloud: IT Metrics that Matter.”

The goal of Sanjay and Craig’s session was to provide IT leaders with some baseline metrics for measuring the success of moving to the cloud, while also emphasizing the value that the IT organization added to the cloud transition.

Sanjay and Craig want IT leaders to be able to convince the end users in all business units that cloud initiatives should fall under the jurisdiction of IT. To help them do so, the pair established benchmark metrics in three categories — efficiency, agility, and reliability — that all IT departments should aim to achieve.

As your organization moves to the cloud, see if you can clear the bar set by Sanjay and Craig:


  • Total annual cost per end user: $1,800
  • Percentage of IT labor cost spent on application development: 18 percent


  • Average time required to provision new virtual machine (VM): 1 ½ days
  • Percentage of overall capacity procured on a variable basis (monthly or more frequently): 15 percent
  • Percentage of capacity provided to tenants on variable basis (monthly or more frequently): 60 percent
  • Average time to release a non-legacy application or functionality: 156 days


  • Percentage of time SLAs are met: 99.9 percent
  • Total planned annual downtime per application: 360 minutes
  • Total unplanned annual downtime per application: 60 minutes
  • Number of external failed audits: 0
  • Total external audits: 16

Craig augmented his 99.9 percent stat by stating that he preferred to know HOW OFTEN and under what circumstances data was unavailable. He said, “You can be down 10 minutes every week and still deliver a 99-percent availability rate. But if you’re an end user who needs the data right now, to you it’s ALWAYS down!”

How does your organization’s performance stack up against their numbers? If you’d like to talk about ways to improve your move to the cloud, check out the available Cloud Migration Workshops available from the consultants at SHI Labs.

SHI features Managed Private Cloud at VMworld

Posted by at 10:14 AM

It’s that time of year again. VMworld 2012 kicked off today in San Francisco, and the SHI team is busy making last minute preparations to our booth and breakout sessions on Workspace-as-a-Service, Mission-Critical Applications in the Cloud, and the Expectation Gap.

It was just a year ago that we unveiled our high-performance, industrial-grade SHI Cloud, but our dedication to developing innovative cloud solutions didn’t end then.

This year at VMworld, we’ll be showcasing our unique and HP-certified Managed Private Cloud (MPC). Managed Private Cloud is an on-premise, appliance-based solution that keeps the cloud onsite, in YOUR data center, behind YOUR firewall. All the while, SHI’s cloud technicians remotely monitor and support it from the security of SHI’s cloud data center. Because your data never leaves your premises, MPC is a valuable solution for state, local, and federal government entities, as well as academic and financial institutions that are governed by strict security and privacy regulations.

Our Managed Private Cloud YouTube video embedded below gives a good overview of what the solution is and how it works.

Intrigued? Want to learn more? Swing by booth #923. We’d love the chance to show you what our cloud’s got.