• Server Virtualization Infographic: What You Need to Know at Every Stage

    Are you in the process of implementing server virtualization in your business? No matter what stage you’re at, here are some tips to help you get to the next level:

    Stage 1: 0 – 20% virtualized

    At this stage, you’re just getting your feet wet with virtualization. Try implementing virtualization a little at a time in pre-designated areas of your infrastructure and then measuring your results. Your goal at this stage should be to improve IT utilization and asset allocation.
    Things to ask:
    • How many servers are virtualized, and how old are they?
    • Can you scale your current storage and network technologies to meet demand?
    • Can you integrate new technologies with your current IT?
    • Do you have any proprietary solutions that are limiting your virtualization opportunities?
    What you should do:
    • Keep moving forward with your virtualization plan.
    • Ensure networks are 10g Ethernet-optimized for east-west traffic.
    • Upgrade equipment as necessary.Consolidate workloads.

    Stage 2: 20 – 50% virtualized

    Many organizations get to this stage and get stuck. To get past this, your goal should be to centralize and standardize IT management. You can do this by unifying data center management by reducing redundant tasks.
    Things to ask:
    • How much time does your IT team spend managing your equipment manually?
    • Do you use multiple tools for server, storage, and network management?
    What you should do:
    • Identify dependencies in applications and virtual machines.
    • Integrate existing solutions, such as VMware and Microsoft.
    • Measure and take steps to improve network performance.
    • Make disaster recovery a priority by putting protection, retention, availability, and redundancy solutions in place.
    • Converge IT management where possible.

    Stage 3: 50% virtualized

    At this stage, you are comfortable with virtualization and are taking advantage of the benefits. Your goal here should be to continue to improve data center agility/responsiveness by automating processes and adding self-service. You should also consider cloud delivery.
    Things to ask:
    • How many hypervisors do you want to manage?
    • How long does it take to provision a VM (virtual machine)?
    • Would a private cloud solution make sense for your organization?
    What you should do:
    • Look into automation and self-service tools.
    • Monitor and analyze the performance of your network and processes to make improvements.
    • Make plans to test and deploy a private cloud infrastructure.

    Stage 4:  more than 50% virtualized

    At this stage your goal should be to deliver IT seamlessly and securely by fully transitioning to service delivery models.
    Things to ask:
    • Would leveraging the cloud help you with short-term projects?
    • Do you find that you are busier during some times of the year than others?
    • Do you experience fluctuations in IT demand?
    • What are you doing to protect your data from endpoint to endpoint?
    What you should do:
    • Merge in-house and cloud resources.Implement advanced cloud security strategies.
    • Make changes to shift applications and data to cloud-based models.

    Where are you at in the stages of virtualization and what are you doing to move forward?

    Matt Smith works for Dell and has a passion for learning and writing about technology. Outside of work he enjoys entrepreneurship, being with his family, and the outdoors.
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