Managing the Virtual Enterprise

Michael Vizard
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Seven Best Practices for Virtualization

Virtualization is taking IT to new horizons from which whole new sets of opportunities are coming into view.

As virtualization becomes the de facto approach to managing both the server and the desktop, IT organizations are going to have to rethink the way they manage IT.

Instead of having disparate tools for managing every instance of virtualization, many IT organizations are going to be better served by a comprehensive set of virtualization tools that allows them to manage virtualization environments that include virtual machines from multiple vendors running anywhere in the enterprise.

To facilitate taking a more comprehensive approach to virtualization, Quest Software today extended its lineup of Foglight virtualization management tools to include better management tools for virtual desktop environments, support for both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments and a raft of new vWorkspace Connectors that make it easier to access virtual desktops from a broad range of mobile computing devices.

According to Carl Eberling, CTO at Quest Software, while many IT organizations are now taking a virtualization first approach to both server and desktop management, the challenge is finding a comprehensive way to manage all the variations of virtualizations that will exist in the enterprise. To accomplish that goal, Eberling says IT organizations will need tools that can go both "deep and wide" in terms of how rich the tools are and the number of platforms they support.

There's no doubt that enterprise IT is increasingly becoming a virtual entity. To challenge that, IT organizations are faced with finding just the right combination of tools that will allow them to virtually manage all the combinations of virtual entities that now make up the enterprise.

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Aug 24, 2011 5:26 AM Rich Bentley Rich Bentley  says:

Interesting post, Mike.  Virtualization is certainly becoming ubiquitous, but at the same time we're seeing that physical desktops are not going away anytime soon. Earlier this summer we ran a survey of IT pros at Citrix Synergy and found that 59% of them were planning to deploy virtual desktops in the next six months.  At the same time, 50 percent of respondents said they expect to support a mix of virtual and physical desktops indefinitely.  So the question is whether IT needs a single solution to manage all types of virtualization, or a single solution to manage all types of endpoints (both virtual and physical). Clearly IT is rethinking its approach to desktop virtualization, as seen in this infographic we developed following the survey:


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