Top Ten Tips for Getting Started With Virtualization

May 15, 2014
Top Ten Tips for Getting Started With Virtualization

Moving your workloads from physical servers to a virtualized environment can help your business drive down costs, increase IT efficiencies and improve application availability, but it’s important to carefully plan the transition to virtualization in order to avoid any complications.

Download our white paper, Top 10 Considerations for Getting Started with VMware Virtualization, to find out more about beginning your journey towards virtualization.

Below are ten things to consider before start.

1. Planning

It’s imperative that the full scope of the plan is outlined before you begin. Important factors, such as hardware requirements, which workloads will be prioritised for virtualization and how you will manage migration while minimising downtime, should be considered thoroughly.

2. Maintaining Compatibility

In terms of hardware and software compatibility, you’ll need to have every-thing properly organised and ready to go. Ensure everything will still work together – and with vSphere – before you begin.

3. What Type Of Storage?

You’ll need to decide on the type of shared storage you’re going to use. A traditional external SAN array will require specialist hardware and staff to manage it, whereas virtual storage can offer lower capital expenditure and management costs.

4. Size and Manage Shared Storage

Ensure your shared storage is managed well. For example, it’s good practice to make sure that your lower-cost slower storage is used for rarely accessed data.

5. Security and Compliance Policies

Consider how best to develop security and compliance policies in such a way that they will have the least impact on performance.

6. Memory and Resources

Allocate memory and resources where the business needs them most. Efficient management of resources can reduce costs significantly.

7. Balancing Virtual Machines

It’s important to think about how you balance common and unique virtual machines. Different applications have different requirements, so customising a virtual machine for each one may be helpful, but require more management.

8. Monitoring Performance

Virtual machine performance and availability should be monitored to optimise I/O performance, realise zero resourcing issues, and match backup and recovery time to your organisational requirements.

9. Flexibility

Use Operations Management to get the most out of the virtualization plat-form by reclaiming unused capacity, improving utilisation and increasing consolidation ratios.

10. Planning For The Future

Consider future growth plans when making your move to virtualization. To prepare for growth, look at opportunities for extending business operations, scope for virtualizing apps and services through to the desktop, and room for exploring self-service provisioning.
To learn more about the path to virtualization, download our white paper, Top 10 Considerations for Getting Started with VMware Virtualization.

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