Optimizing Your VMware Environment

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 28, 2010

When looking at requirements for an effective virtual infrastructure, visibility, manageability and capacity planning are but a few of the growing pain points faced by IT operations teams. Companies with virtualized infrastructures can no longer ignore these requirements if they wish to experience continued growth and stability within their environments. Operational deficiencies in the day‐to‐day management and monitoring of a virtual infrastructure have become the leading challenge for IT when attempting to expand or improve upon their initial infrastructure deployments. In most cases, the operational gaps have been responsible for causing issues – both perceived or otherwise – in an environment, thus slowing or halting the growth of a virtual environment.

"If you are reading this whitepaper then it is probably safe to say you either have a current stake in virtualization as a technology and a strategy, or you are thinking of deploying virtualization as a platform for your x86 systems. Over the past six years virtualization has become the hottest “thing” in IT, much as Client Server Computing was in the 1990’s and Web technologies following that. "Virtualization has evolved from an unknown and frequently misunderstood technology to the de facto, preferred infrastructure platform, and more importantly a significant infrastructure strategy for most organizations. The initial virtual infrastructure deployments largely concentrated on installation of the new environment and consolidation of a set of little utilized physical servers into a much smaller number of highly utilized virtual hosts. The benefits made possible by this technology spurred the rapid adoption of virtualization and accelerated the widespread deployment of such infrastructure. The effort involved in completing this migration was all that most companies could absorb. Many organizations concentrated primarily on virtualizing the environment, which meant putting off major changes to IT operations until a later date. This philosophy, as successful as it has been, has left significant holes in the operational processes of most virtual environments. Organizations today are struggling as a result of these gaps, which often prevent them from realizing the full benefits of the investments made in virtual environments." Organizations today are struggling with virtualization deployments. In many cases, they are not realizing the full benefits of the investments made in virtual environments.

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