But really — when are you going to clean up that mess in your virtual environment and optimize it? Almost every agency with more than a few hundred virtual machines has problems with low VM density, over-allocation, zombie VMs and unused resources. Those problems lead to poor optimization and increased opex/capex. We’ve worked with public sector IT managers and virtualization administrators long enough to know the main obstacles you face to optimizing your virtual environment:
Quest contracted with a leading provider of government market research to assess the VM landscape of 150 respondents in federal agencies. We’ve published an infographic and white paper based on the results. It turns out that almost all federal agencies surveyed (86 percent) use at least two hypervisors, and many use five or more — products like ESXi, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, Oracle VM, PowerVM and RHEV.
Now, I know there’s a lot of sharp IT talent in federal agencies, but with five or more hypervisors, how could you NOT have a mess in your virtual environment?
From there, the survey determined the biggest things about their virtual environments that keep these respondents up at night: performance monitoring, VM sprawl and managing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), to name a few. They all roll up into the problem of optimizing virtual infrastructure, and I’ll go beyond the scope of the infographic to highlight some of the questions and issues.
So, to get back to cleaning up that mess in your virtual environment and optimizing it, you still need to deal with resources, processes, tools (Oh my!).
Besides working on the answers to the five questions above, take a look at the infographic “Virtual Monitoring Tools — Holistically Managing the Virtual Environment.” It will give you an idea of how your counterparts in other public sector organizations view their own VM environments.
While you’re there, you can also check out the white paper we used as a source for the infographic, for more insight into hypervisor and VM.