Small Business Virtualization Roadmap - Slide 2

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Next Step One: System Assessment-2 Next

Step One: System Assessment

First ask yourself: Do you, or does anyone on your IT team, have the knowledge and expertise to perform the assessment yourself, or do you need to seek it from a third party?

Then: Using internal or third-party expertise, assess your current environment and identify your virtualization goals:

  • Which of your servers, if any, are compatible with a virtualization operating system?
  • Do you have a storage environment adequate to support the virtual environment? (Shared storage is highly recommended.)
  • What applications reside on your servers?
  • Do the software vendors support the application in a virtual environment?
  • Are there certain departments or applications for which you would absolutely rule out virtualization?
  • How much will the transition to virtualization cost? Do you have the budget?
  • How will you measure virtualization success?

How can small businesses know if virtualization is a fit? To answer this question, CDW surveyed nearly 300 small business Information Technology (IT) professionals through Spiceworks, a social network for IT, interviewing those that have and have not virtualized for their perceptions of and experiences with server virtualization.

The resulting Small Business Virtualization Roadmap examines the opportunities and challenges related to server virtualization.

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