Virtualizing Microsoft Active Directory domain controllers, and business critical applications in general, is near and dear to my heart. I firmly believe that there are almost no applications left that can’t be virtualized, and this session gives me an opportunity to share my experiences and help others become successful. Business critical applications have become, for the most part, the last applications and servers that are still physical for many organizations. Getting as to close to 100% virtualization as possible is an important goal to strive for.
Why is that important? Another firmly held belief of mine is that virtualization is truly the on-ramp to the cloud. By virtualizing even your organization’s most important workloads, you take one step closer to a future state where you can start taking advantage of cloud computing in your organization.
Of course, simply having a virtual infrastructure doesn’t mean you have a cloud. Having a true hybrid cloud involves additional components to facilitate automation, orchestration and to provide users with that service catalog where they can consume IT resources on a self-service basis. Virtualizing your organization’s servers makes it easier to start layering in those cloud components, and once in place you’ll want even your business critical servers virtualized, so you can start taking advantage of what a true hybrid cloud has to offer.
This year I’m presenting a session called, “Virtualizing Active Directory: The Right Way!” on Tuesday, Aug 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. It was a top 10 session last year, so if you’re at the conference, come by early to get a good seat. Bring your copy of Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere or VMware vSphere: Performance and I’ll be happy to sign it. Let me (@mattliebowitz) know what you think of the session, the book or the conference.
If you’re walking down the halls at VMworld and happen to see someone who looks like former VMware CEO Paul Maritz, stop him and say hi. It’s probably me!