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How to keep VM sprawl in check

During the deployment of virtual environments, the focus is on the design and setup. Rarely are the environments revisited to check if improvements are possible.

Virtualization brought many benefits to data center operations, such as reliability and flexibility. One drawback is it can lead to VM sprawl and the generation of more VMs that contend for a finite amount of resources. VMs are not free; storage and compute have a real capital cost. This cost gets amplified if you look to move these resources into the cloud. It’s up to the administrator to examine the infrastructure resources and make sure these VMs have just what they need because the costs never go away and typically never go down.

Use Excel to dig into resource usage

One of the fundamental tools you need for this isn’t Hyper-V or some virtualization product — it’s Excel. Dashboards are nice, but there are times you need the raw data for more in-depth analysis. Nothing can provide that like Excel.

Most monitoring tools export data to CSV format. You can import this file into Excel for analysis. Shared storage is expensive, so I always like to see a report on drive space. It’s interesting to see what servers consume the most drive space, and where. If you split your servers into a C: for the OS and D: for the data, shouldn’t most of the C: drives use the same amount of space? Outside of your application install, why should the C: drives vary in space? Are admins leaving giant ISOs in the download folder or recycle bin? Or are multiple admins logging on with roaming profiles?

Whatever the reason, runaway C: drives can chew up your primary storage quickly. If it is something simple such as ISO files that should have been removed, keep in mind that this affects your backups as well. You can just buy additional storage in a pinch and, because often many us in IT are on autopilot mode, it’s easy to not give drive space issues a second thought.

Overallocation is not as easy to correct

VM sprawl is one thing but when was the last time you looked at what resources you allocated to those VMs to see what they are actually using? The allocation process is still a little bit of a guess until things get up and running fully. Underallocation is often noticed promptly and corrected quickly, and everything moves forward.

A review process could reveal places that could use an adjustment to drain resources from overallocated VMs to avoid trouble in the future.

Do you ever check for overallocation? Do you ever go back and remove extra CPU cores or RAM? In my experience, no one ever does. If everything runs well, there’s little incentive to make changes.

Some in IT like to gamble and assume everything will run properly most of the time, but it’s less stressful to prepare for some of these unlikely events. Is it possible that a host or two will fail, or that a network issue strikes your data center? You have to be prepared for failure and at a scale that is more than what you might think. We all know things will rarely fail in a way that is favorable to you. A review process could reveal places that could use an adjustment to drain resources from overallocated VMs to avoid trouble in the future.

Look closer at all aspects of VM sprawl to trim costs

Besides the resource aspect what about the licensing cost? With more and more products now allocating by core, overallocation of resources has an instant impact on the application cost to start but it gets worse. It’s the annual maintenance costs that pick at your budget and drain your resources for no gain if you cannot tighten your resource allocation.

One other maintenance item that gets overlooked is reboots. When a majority of Windows Server deployments moved from hardware to virtualization, the runtime typically increased. This increase in stability brought with it an inadvertent problem. Too often, busy IT shops without structured patching and reboot cycles only performed these tasks when a server went offline, which — for better or worse — created a maintenance window.

With virtualization, the servers tend to run for longer stretches and show more unique issues. Memory leaks that might have gone unnoticed before — because they were reset during a reboot — can affect servers in unpredictable ways. Virtualization admins need to be on alert to recognize behaviors that might be out of the norm. If you right-size your VMs, you should have enough resources for them to run normally and still handle the occasional spikes in demand. If you see your VMs requiring more resources than normal, this could point to resource leaks that need to be reset.

Often, the process to get systems online is rushed, leads to VM sprawl and overlooks any attempts at optimization. This can be anything from overallocations to simple cleanup. If this isn’t done, you lose out on ways to make the environment more efficient, losing both performance and capacity. While this all makes sense, it’s important to follow through and actually do it.

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For Sale – ASUS ROG GTX980 Poseidon Platinum

Selling my GTX980 as i rarely use my PC for gaming anymore . Its played everything I have chucked at it in the past and is still a brilliant card. It has the hybrid cooler, I’ve always ran it on air but it can be used in a proper water cooled rig. Just removed from PC today

Here’s the official Asus page :- POSEIDON-GTX980-P-4GD5 | Graphics Cards | ASUS United Kingdom
And there are plenty of reviews to back up the performance .

Price is £150 plus postage, its a good size box and quite hefty . I could deliver if you are local

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Price and currency: £150
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Location: Holywell , Tyne and Wear
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HubSpot Conversations adds chatbots, collaborative inbox

In an effort to become a platform its users rarely leave, HubSpot has released HubSpot Conversations, a tool that helps users keep track of customer interactions regardless of the channel.

The new module comes a few months after HubSpot introduced Service Hub, HubSpot’s new service product, and adds communication capabilities to the Cambridge, Mass., martech vendor’s marketing and service systems.

HubSpot Conversations has three main components: a collaborative inbox tool, chatbot capabilities and lead routing.

All of these capabilities were a welcome addition to the HubSpot tech stack for customer Frame My TV, a Haverhill, Mass., manufacturing company that builds custom frames for wall-mounted televisions.

“It allowed us, as a small business, to bring all of our remote employees under one umbrella,” said Kevin Hancock, principal at Frame My TV.

Hancock has a small core staff of about six employees, with roughly a dozen more freelance workers in sales and other departments. Having most of his technology all within HubSpot has made marketing and selling easier and more efficient — due to fewer integrations with third-party tools.

It allows me to focus on running the business and not having to focus on the technology.
Kevin Hancockprincipal, Frame My TV

“It allows me to focus on running the business and not having to focus on the technology,” Hancock said. “The top benefit of HubSpot Conversations is it puts the prospect information into the CRM for us and can trigger certain functionality.”

Previously, Hancock’s sales reps would have to toggle in-between different UI and input information in HubSpot on particular inbound prospects. With those interactions being recorded by HubSpot Conversations, the system is able to update the customer information automatically. Conversations also integrate with Slack, which Hancock and his team use more than email to communicate.

Separating spam from leads

While Hancock said HubSpot Conversations has improved efficiency for Frame My TV, he expressed some uneasiness about some aspects of the product. When working within inbound marketing, a common problem that arises is an abundance of irrelevant material — something HubSpot is still trying to work through with the collaborative inbox feature of Conversations.

“The number one hurdle with Conversations is figuring out how to handle the flurry of junk mail,” Hancock said. “Conceptually it makes sense to bring them into one place, but spam is a problem. I don’t want those emails to end up as contacts and muddying up the inbox.”

Hancock said that while he has turned off the feature, HubSpot is trying to fix the problem.

“It needs to have an option that when a message comes in to add that email as a contact,” he said.

HubSpot recently released Conversations, a new feature that brings all prospect interactions into one place.
The user interface for HubSpot Conversations shows how the tool brings all conversations and interactions into one place.

Chatbots come to HubSpot

Another feature of HubSpot Conversations that Frame My TV had deployed is building out chatbots, helping to gather initial information on inquiries and working to find the ideal number of questions to ask before moving over to live chat.

“One challenge we have is we sell a product to the top 5% — people aren’t buying it because of the cost, it’s a desire to finish off a room,” Hancock said. “So we have to qualify people a little bit and a lot of that can be sifted through using a bot.”

Building a chatbot for HubSpot was made possible by HubSpot’s acquisition of Motion AI in 2017.

HubSpot is seeking to build a platform-wide product — similar to what Salesforce has done over the years — with the goal of getting its users to stay on the HubSpot platform for all their needs, according to the company.

“With Conversations, what we’re trying to do is give teams that full clear picture of that customer relationship,” said Elise Beck, product marketing manager for Conversations. “As teams engage and work with prospects through their journey, they can keep things tied to CRM and keep tabs on what has happened.”

Beck added that HubSpot Conversations is available now within all existing HubSpot products as a drop-down item at no additional charge.

HubSpot’s annual user conference, Inbound 2018, is in Boston Sept. 4 to 7. Check back to SearchCRM.com for coverage of the conference.

For Sale – MSI Gaming X GTX1070 8GB Card

Recently upgraded so selling my MSI Gaming X GTX1070

About 14 months old and rarely used and from smoke/pet free house.

Price included RMSD and is fully boxed.

Price and currency: 250
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Payment method: BT
Location: Leighton Buzzard
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For Sale – MSI Gaming X GTX1070 8GB Card

Recently upgraded so selling my MSI Gaming X GTX1070

About 14 months old and rarely used and from smoke/pet free house.

Price included RMSD and is fully boxed.

Price and currency: 250
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Payment method: BT
Location: Leighton Buzzard
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For Sale – MSI Gaming X GTX1070 Card

Recently upgraded so selling my MSI Gaming X GTX1070

About 14 months old and rarely used and from smoke/pet free house.

Price included RMSD and is fully boxed.

Price and currency: 300
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For Sale – Macbook Air 1.6ghz i5, 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD (Immaculate)

Hi Guy’s,

For sale is my totally immaculate Macbook. A rarely used work machine as often used a Windows laptop instead. Just outside of warranty now, however due to such little use I don’t think you will have an issue.

Comes with all accessories as originally boxed. Even down to the polythene still being on the box. Just a totally (as new) example of what is effectively still the newest Macbook Air they sell, albeit the CPU is 0.2GHZ higher on the Apple Store now.

But any questions at all, please feel free to ask away.

Many thanks

Price and currency: £500.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer / Paypal
Location: Bristol
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Macbook Air 1.6ghz i5, 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD (Immaculate)

Hi Guy’s,

For sale is my totally immaculate Macbook. A rarely used work machine as often used a Windows laptop instead. Just outside of warranty now, however due to such little use I don’t think you will have an issue.

Comes with all accessories as originally boxed. Even down to the polythene still being on the box. Just a totally (as new) example of what is effectively still the newest Macbook Air they sell, albeit the CPU is 0.2GHZ higher on the Apple Store now.

But any questions at all, please feel free to ask away.

Many thanks

Price and currency: £500.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer / Paypal
Location: Bristol
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Macbook Air 1.6ghz i5, 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD (Immaculate)

Hi Guy’s,

For sale is my totally immaculate Macbook. A rarely used work machine as often used a Windows laptop instead. Just outside of warranty now, however due to such little use I don’t think you will have an issue.

Comes with all accessories as originally boxed. Even down to the polythene still being on the box. Just a totally (as new) example of what is effectively still the newest Macbook Air they sell, albeit the CPU is 0.2GHZ higher on the Apple Store now.

But any questions at all, please feel free to ask away.

Many thanks

Price and currency: £500.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer / Paypal
Location: Bristol
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Macbook Air 1.6ghz i5, 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD (Immaculate)

Hi Guy’s,

For sale is my totally immaculate Macbook. A rarely used work machine as often used a Windows laptop instead. Just outside of warranty now, however due to such little use I don’t think you will have an issue.

Comes with all accessories as originally boxed. Even down to the polythene still being on the box. Just a totally (as new) example of what is effectively still the newest Macbook Air they sell, albeit the CPU is 0.2GHZ higher on the Apple Store now.

But any questions at all, please feel free to ask away.

Many thanks

Price and currency: £500.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer / Paypal
Location: Bristol
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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