Server Virtualization Don'ts

Not all Virtualizaiton projects go well and CIO.com and computerworld.com have published some of the top money wasters and management myths. I hope you enjoy the summary

Server Virtualization: 6 Management Myths

During the past three to five years, when most companies began rolling out virtual servers in earnest as replacements for physical servers, acceptance has grown so quickly among both end users and IT staffs that more than half of all companies now deploy new applications on virtual servers by preference, rather than physical ones, according to a December study from IDC. (Read More)

1. Not knowing what kind of Virtual Servers you have How many different hypervisors are you running your datacenter?

2. That big ROI will drop off Increases in operation costs that happen after virtualization project can leave IT answering some tough questions

3. Licensing costs can multiply Virtual servers are still servers and require software licensing for each machine

4. Management chores will change, not evaporate Surveys show that only half of IT respondents think virtualization made management easier

5. Managing performance will require a wide range of IT skills Perhaps the biggest problem in virtualized deployments is when IT doesn’t understand how to setup the environment for easy management

6. Cost isn’t the only thing that comes with a virtual multiplierManagement tools can require agents be installed on all the virtual machines and the physical host

 

5 Ways You Waste Money on Virtualization

More than three quarters of U.S. companies virtualize at least some of their x86-based servers, but few get their full money’s worth out of virtualization efforts—due to management blunders, analysts say. (Read More)

1. Underutilization of Physical Servers Being satisfied with set utilization %s “leaves money on the table”

2.Failing to Push VM management tools harderUse available tools to manage your environment scientifically for performance

3.Failure to Think Broadly about Planning Virtual machine capacity planning doesn’t require the same resources as physical machines

4.Botching Lifecycle Management Setting and enforcing lifecycle policies for individual applications and business units

5.Giving Up on Chargeback One of the most effective ways to manage VM sprawl

 

 


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