The Five Dos and Don'ts of Virtualization

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Don't Think of Virtualization as One-Size-Fits-All

Sure, virtualization can be a cost-saver, but not all of your applications are good candidates for a virtual environment. For example, applications with heavy compute or data read/write loads are not good candidates for hypervisor virtualization. In order to identify which of your applications should remain on dedicated servers, and which can be moved to virtualized servers, you need to look at volume and character of transmissions to and from each of your applications.

With increasing pressures on today's IT professionals to minimize resources while maintaining a high-performing infrastructure, virtualization has become a go-to option for a low-cost, power-saving solutions. In fact, CIO Insight recently reported that 70 percent of senior executives said virtualization had a significant impact on efficiency and cost savings for their organization. However, deciding what within your network infrastructure to virtualize, and how to actually do it, can be a challenge.

The freedom provided by virtualization is undeniable, but even in an environment less constricted by hardware, it is still critical to keep an eye on resources. The cost benefits of virtualization are neutralized if loads aren't correctly balanced across virtual machines and if applications are not optimized to run on them. Additionally, virtualization is not a catch-all. There are many different types of application workloads that are not a good fit for virtualization and should remain on dedicated servers.

In this slideshow, Amanda Karkula, Paessler, has identified five dos and don'ts to consider when virtualizing your systems.


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