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Finding value and added savings with Google’s Sole-tenant Nodes and BYOL

Modeling your workloads into the thousands of variables available to a Google Cloud solution does not need to be hard.

In fact, it has never been easier to simulate the new Google Cloud features on your own. CloudPhysics has teamed up with the Google Cloud Platform product team to model their new BYOL and Sole-tenant Node offering in a new cloud simulator. These new enhanced features had been developed to simulate the migration of VMs to Google Sole-tenant nodes, while also taking advantage of Google’s Bring Your Own Windows Licenses (BYOL) option. The upgrade also includes an analytically-determined optimal storage type for each workload on GCP so partners and Google prospects/customers can identify the value with-out moving a thing.

Burstable Instances

Burstable Instances: An Interesting Take on Pay-Per-Use

Picking the right instance type to host an application in the cloud requires detailed workload characterization and analysis. Burstable instances provide a lower cost option for workloads that do not have sustained high CPU usage. In this post we analyze their cost model, outline the analysis to determine their suitability, and explore how widely applicable they are in migrating business applications to the cloud.

Infinite Combinations

We welcome the VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud Simulator, bringing Superhero insights to mere mortals.

In the movie Avengers: Infinity Wars, Doctor Strange takes on the daunting superhuman task of viewing all the possible outcomes of the Avengers chances at beating their rival Thanos. With millions of possibilities, Doctor Strange saw only one positive outcome where they succeeded. If only we could possess this skill in IT we could model the ideal hardware configuration with the ideal performance, size, and costs. This power of vision to see the ideal outcome should not be the skills of just superheroes.

Welcome to 2019!

To our valued customers and partners – thank you for a fantastic 2018! It has been an amazing year and following the release of our partner edition in 2016 it has been our privilege to serve over 200+ global partners and 5,000 platform users. In 2018, we released the CloudPhysics IT Collaboration Platform with the… Read more »

How Cloud Providers Win with VMware’s VMC on *

Working with cloud providers is the best and the worst possible decision VMware could have made. For VMware, this is a win in that they see cloud adoption, but for the cloud providers, this is the Trojan horse that will move customers from VMware to cloud-based SaaS solutions and away from virtual machines. First and… Read more »

Running the numbers on vSphere 6.7 Readiness – Upgrade, Reduce, Migrate and Save (even on VMware)

Imagine your largest customer comes to you and says, “Thanks for your years of hard work and great products and services, you did so well, we don’t need you anymore, at least not as much as we used to need you.” That may be the phrase VMware is about to start hearing far more often,… Read more »

Purpose, Process, and Partners — Making Your Cloud Migration a Success

CloudPhysics has partnered with Google to help our customers make the migration to the cloud as quick and easy as possible. The combined per-instance cost model and custom instances provided by Google offer nearly unlimited combinations of deployment models for moving workloads to the cloud. But the end goal still needs consideration and planning. This… Read more »

VMware Cloud on AWS and the Long Road to Hybrid Cloud

This past week, VMware announced the general availability of VMware Cloud on AWS during VMWorld. The interest was high, and the sessions on the topic were usually delivered to packed rooms. The promise of a VMware vSphere-based cloud that operates on Amazon Web Services has the potential to be a game-changer. But as the world… Read more »

Best Cloud Value Today—by 40%! VMware Cloud on AWS with CloudPhysics

“Cloud is cheaper than on-prem!” You’ve heard that marketing blast from cloud providers constantly this past year. But now the game has changed, with the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS announced this week at VMworld. VMware’s strategic move for partnership with Amazon enables you to cut your consumption costs on AWS by 40% through… Read more »

Thy Customer Know… Bold Be

Sign Up Today Every one of your customers is undergoing a digital transformation to get as close as possible to their customers, and to know them through data—data that enables the delivery of products and services that perfectly meet and anticipate needs. As a channel partner, you must do exactly the same thing. CloudPhysics takes… Read more »

A CXO’s Dilemma: What’s the true cost of migrating to the cloud?

Dilemma: You may know the price of specific cloud instances, services, or solutions from certain providers, but do you really know the actual cost—and how long will that take to calculate? The CIO’s job has never been more dynamic—or more demanding. Business changes as fast as the technology driving it; sometimes faster than we can… Read more »

Getting Ready for VMWorld 2017: New Rules for a New Game

Register Today for the Upcoming VMworld Webinar – Thursday, August 24th @ 10am PST VMWorld is the pinnacle event for many in the virtualization community to showcase new technologies, release new products, and weigh in on the direction of the industry. This year will be no exception.   With VMware expecting to shed more light on their VMware Cloud… Read more »

Does This VM Make My Cloud Look Fat?

Evaluating configured VM sizes in the data center before moving to a public cloud is like trying on new clothes with your spouse. You have some hard questions to answer about size and what you really need.   As a married male, the hardest question I often answer is a question asked by my wife on… Read more »

Sockets, Cores, and Threads – When Performance Modeling, 1 + 1 is not Always 2

Capacity planning and modeling requires a firm understanding of the resources you are using.  Planning capacity solely on workload-defined resources will often get you in trouble and lead to contention or waste. A good understanding of the processor and your workloads can ensure you maximize your resources.   When helping customers onboard to the new… Read more »

In a Terrarium, Strategic Partners are like our own Personal Yoda

In today’s IT Department, Yoda’s teaching still holds true.  By viewing a strategic partner as our own personal Yoda, we can attest that the partner is critical to the success of a new IT strategy.  This week, in a complete tongue-in-cheek blog, we have much to learn from a toy Yoda in a terrarium. “Many… Read more »

Hidden Threats of Powered Off VMs

The “WannaCry” ransomware worm made news over last weekend and this week as well, sending IT professionals rushing to apply patches that they should have applied months ago. The lax habit of not keeping patches up-to-date came back to bite many of those who left a hole in data center defenses. Looking into the data… Read more »

Maybe Goldilocks was onto something

Managing a virtual data center and hundreds of virtual machines (VMs) is a lot like the old children’s tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: too hot, too cold, too firm, too soft, etc. At some point, you find one that is just right. However, with virtualization, we seem to be on the path of… Read more »

The pitfalls of treating vSphere Licensing as an ‘All You Can Eat Buffet.’

This is a story on vSphere License Management within vCenter and the chaos that admins endure on a daily basis. A number of years ago, I worked as a Pre-Sales Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware. We often engaged our strategic customers to review their license usage prior to their renewing an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA)…. Read more »

Costing Elastic Scalability with Hybrid Clouds

VMware has now announced its partnership with AWS to host vCloud workloads on Amazon hardware. That means we are starting to see the dream of a hyper-converged hybrid cloud become reality. This convergence brings the need for a new TCO and ROI calculation that dramatically differs from our previous models—so is consolidation ratio back in… Read more »

More Cloud, Less Cost—in the Palm of Your Hand

Google Cloud Platform, while the current underdog in the cloud space, has been making ripples in the cloud hosting industry for a while now by offering instances and pricing options that are difficult to ignore. But as with most cloud platform analysis, the effort to match workloads to their appropriate instances amid the multitude of… Read more »

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