IT infrastructure coaching company C&C Technology Consulting has issued a top 10 list of tips to ensure the successful implementation of virtualisation.
The company believes that PC and server virtualisation software can potentially shake up the entire IT world and that it is something every IT manager should be considering.
First it advises you to understand your infrastructure, including numbers and types of servers, operating systems, CPU and memory utilisation, application names and versions.
Second, you should realise that not everything should be virtualised, and that despite its benefits, virtualisation is not necessarily the answer to everything.
Third, you should understand your administration model.
Next you should understand exactly what applications are included in the estate, what versions they are currently using and how they work.
After this step you should consider capacity planning and make sure you fully understand the infrastructure that will be used.
You should then know the virtualisation technologies and have a clear understanding of what suppliers are offering, and how their products and solutions compare.
Making the best use of virtualisation tools is the next piece of advice, as going from a physical to a virtual environment can be tricky if administrators do not fully understand how to best design and implement virtualisation technologies.
After that it says before implementing and virtualisation technologies it is important to understand the cost. You should know that although virtualisation brings many benefits, virtualising some applications can be a complex affair.
Last and by no means least, C&C advises using the supplier and consulting community to help you understand the various virtualisation technologies available in the marketplace today.
Whilst only a cynic would regard C&C as less than selfless for the latter piece of advice, the truth is that all of these tips make a lot of sense. Despite all of the inherent values attached to virtualisation, it should not be regarded as a silver bullet; nor as something that can be achieved at the flick of a switch.
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