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When server virtualization goes bad


By Mohammed Safder


In most enterprises, the core challenge for IT organizations is IT service delivery—the ability to deliver secure, reliable and cost-effective service in a timely manner. As a result, IT organizations have been attempting to optimize their datacenter service and derive more value out of their existing investments. However, many are unsure of how and where to begin making such a transition.


In fact, server virtualization is the fastest growing trend in the IT industry and it has become a cornerstone of next-generation computing, such as on-premise private cloud. Enterprise organizations can further improve operational efficiency by standardizing and automating deployment of virtual machines and processes. Furthermore, server virtualization has proven its ability to reduce costs and complexity as well as help companies optimize the deployment and use of their standard-based servers.


It is no longer a question of why to virtualize, but rather a question of how, when and with what to virtualize. Depending on where you are in your IT Transformation journey and the maturity level of your data center environment, you may choose to setup an on-premise private cloud infrastructure on your own terms to take advantage of the on-demand self-service portal, broad network access, shared resource pool, elasticity and measured usage. In order to manage the end-to-end private cloud infrastructure, there is a greater need of integrated tools than ever.


Large enterprises may adopt more than one hypervisor to virtualize the physical workloads. Therefore, it is important to consider a set of integrated management tools capable of supporting mixed environments not only from a hypervisor standpoint, but also from an infrastructure and application standpoint in an on-premise private cloud or Hybrid Cloud environment. Additionally, these management tools should be able to streamline datacenter management processes like incident management, change management, problem management, and more, by implementing industry-standard best practices. This results in lowered operational costs and greater predictability in service delivery.


On the flip side, if organizations start virtualizing their servers or setting up a private cloud infrastructure without fully understanding workload requirements and application dependencies, and overlooking the system management, monitoring and backup requirements as well as patch management, then they are likely to run into IT management challenges, which will defeat the purpose of virtualization. In fact, it may complicate the data center operational environment.


To get the best results in terms of organizational efficiency and productivity and to avoid performance bottlenecks and service disruptions, it’s essential that the entire virtualization and workload consolidation project be based on expert advice and comprehensive framework in terms of assessment, scoping, analysis, design, and implementation. Otherwise, the results might not meet the desired expectations in some cases. It could be disastrous and it could negatively impact the entire environment and impair the company’s ability to conduct normal business operations.


Engaging experts, who have been there and done that previously as well as acquired a wealth of knowledge, experience and best practices from other customer engagements, can help get things right for you. It will not only fast track your journey to virtualization, but also give you the level of comfort and confidence in managing the target operational environment.


HP Discover attendees: Learn more about this topic by attending my breakout sessions:


Session: 4574 – Personalize your journey to Private Cloud on Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Session: 4781 – Virtualization Management on HP Converged Infrastructure on Wednesday from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM


For more info on how HP experts can help you with your virtualization journey, explore our virtualization services.


Or download this solution brief on our HP Server Virtualization Assessment.


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