Change management procedures need to be refined and adhered to. “Rack ’em, stack ’em and forget ’em” can happen very fast in the virtualized environment.
Initially pursued because of the dramatic savings from server and storage consolidation that it makes possible, virtualization today is quickly becoming more than just a compelling technology that allows IT pros to do the same things better, faster and cheaper. Now described as a journey, virtualization is taking IT to new horizons from which whole new sets of opportunities are coming into view. According to Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, the possibilities with virtualization are so immense that a best-practices approach to implementation is no longer a luxury, but a foundation for success.
“Virtualization is not an IT strategy in and of itself,” says Kevin Gruneisen, vice president of data center solutions for Logicalis. “Virtualization allows IT to drive great utilization of infrastructure, to get more done with management resources, but IT pros still have a policy and process in place for recovery, for support, for patching...whatever it may be. You can’t just virtualize everything and hope for the best.”
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