The Five Dos and Don'ts of Virtualization

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Do Know Your Network's Status

A highly virtualized environment lives or dies on the efficiency and dependability of its data network. Issues with your virtual machines (VMs) can originate from a host hardware failure or an issue with the operating systems. Set up sensors to monitor your VM host servers and operating systems to alert you when the status of either is not "normal," so that you can minimize the impact of issues – like the failure of a Windows server – before they become critical to network and application availability.

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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