Whether driven by an effort to reduce costs associated with a hardware refresh, OS migration or license renewal or other strategic reasons such as disaster recovery of outage avoidance, virtualization has taken hold across various industries. Aside from cost savings related to hardware and software purchases – as well as associated data center costs – organizations benefit from simplified IT management. According the a VMware survey, nine out of ten IT departments spend at least half their time doing routine administrator tasks such as adding and managing new server workloads.
Virtualization streamlines the time spent managing resources, but only if virtualized server deployments are optimized. Many virtualization administrators still report spending a lot of their time deploying and configuring new virtual machines (VMs), setting up new virtual environments and “fighting fires” or trouble shooting when a user encounters an issue or any number of errors occur. As a result, there is typically not a lot of time left in the day to focus on clean-up, maintenance tasks or proactive, strategic IT improvements that will optimize the virtual environment.
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So what can be done to stop the cycle of administrative demands pulling time away from virtualization optimization? While it takes some time – and a bit of trial and error - to perfect your virtualization strategy, and see real benefits and time savings, there are a few quick tips that could yield fast results.
- Right-size resource configuration for virtual machines: The best performing virtual environments are built on an optimized physical environment. Before deploying VMs, administrations should evaluate the memory, CPU, disk I/O, network I/O and storage demands of the proposed compute environment to achieve the Goldilocks effect – physical infrastructure that is just right...
- Determine how many additional VMs a host/cluster can safely support: Related to virtual environment configuration, administrators should think ahead about environment growth to accommodate end user compute needs. A host can support as few as two VMs or up to hundreds. Assess the VM capacity of hosts by sizing memory, CPU, network and disk needs of the projected number of VMs based on the type of applications that will run on those VMs.
- Eliminate wasted resources: Most virtual environments are cluttered with zombie VMs, powered-off VMs, unused templates and snapshots. While not serving any end user, these resources still take up space. Virtualization administrators should execute regular asset audits to track the use of VMs and delete unnecessary virtual resources.
Are you fighting fires in your virtual environment when you should be optimizing? Then join Quest’s Mark Edwards and globally-recognized IT author and strategic consultant Greg Shields of Concentrated Technology as they share best practices for virtualization management in a webinar titled, “Top 10 Virtualization Optimization Tips and Tricks,” scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:00 am PT (11:00 am ET). Register now.
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