Server Virtualization and Process Management

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 13, 2010

Server virtualization changes many steps, like installing the server, loading the base image, and so on, however there is a lack of processes automation. According to this TMC Net story, simply introducing virtual servers into the data center (and anywhere else within the organization) can actually start breaking IT processes that have been in place for years.

Moving to a fully virtualized data center revolves around process management and automation.

"It's not all doom and gloom, however. Virtual platform providers have been on the forefront of releasing management tools in step with their virtual solutions. They recognize that virtual platforms are basically complete data centers in a box: every tool we use in a physical data center can now be deployed virtually, including extremely sophisticated management tasks, typically dubbed orchestration solutions. All three major virtual platform providers ship with their own management and orchestration solutions: VMware with vCenter and Orchestrator; Microsoft (News - Alert) with System Center and Virtual Machine Manager; Citrix with Essentials. Each of these tools offers standard virtual machine and resource management as well as more advanced process management and orchestration. It’s not enough to simply know when a virtual machine is up or down; these tools must know everything about the resources required to run virtual machines, where those virtual machines are currently running, and probably most importantly what those virtual machines are doing. Virtual orchestration solutions are both the brains and the brawn of a virtualized data center."

Read the Full Story at TMC Net

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