As a child of the 80′s, I have fond memories of playing Tetris on the brick-like Gameboy. The challenge of perfectly aligning the blocks and leaving a gap for the long one to clear four rows was very addictive. For those not familiar, though I doubt anyone falls into this category, Tetris is essentially a video game where random blocks fall from the sky and you line them up so there is no gap in between. It sounds boring comparing to modern games but nonetheless, I had spent countless hours playing it. So when I came across this article reporting the CTO of VMware wants to play “Server Tetris”, it caught my eye.
VMware has Load Balancing technologies that would shuffle VM’s around so the servers would be better utilized. But what they want to do is something greater than just load balancing on computing resources. They envision to be able to automatically shift VM’s to servers where power is cheapest. With energy cost steadily climbing, I’m sure their customers will jump for joy. However, what would it mean for someone managing a VMware infrastructure? The complexity of the environment will increase when things move around so much. How can you stay on top of such a dynamic environment?
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