Best practices for Server virtualization
Server virtualization comes with numerous benefits. Organizations have realized that through server virtualizations billions of dollars that would be spent on infrastructure could be saved. Therefore, even the smallest organizations are implementing virtualization besides cloud computing. With server virtualization becoming an important investment for the modern organization, it is important that those involved learn what to expect, what to do and what not to. In this article, I share resourceful information on what to do and what to avoid when undertaking the server virtualization process.
Start with an assessment of the IT environment
Evaluating the IT environment is an important starting point when planning server virtualization. Therefore, make this the initial step in your implementation process. The worst mistake organizations are making is embarking on the server virtualization process without having an initial plan.
Hire an independent managed services provider who will analyze your IT infrastructure, advising you on the suitable virtualization plan for you. ideally, the virtualization plan to choose depends entirely on what processing power you need and the resources that you need. It is from this information that you will be able to estimate the running cost over the next years.
Factor the hardware
One of the advantages to expect in server virtualization is freeing your server space. However, this does not mean that your hardware is no longer important. irrespective of the solution that you opt to go for, the servers that you need should be powerful enough to support the organization’s operations. Therefore, as you consider the software side, you also need to consider the hardware requirements. The server should have the required processing power, the RAM, network capacity as well as the storage capacity.
Establish policies to guide the addition of new virtual machines
Organizations are easily getting into virtual machine sprawl. This is as a result of the creation of too many virtual machines that quickly consume the server resources complicating the licensing and asset management procedures. Therefore, although VMs allow you to scale and allocate resources quickly, you should have mechanisms and policies guiding the creation of these important resources. For instance, require that users have a solid justification for creating the virtual machine.
Business continuity should be a top priority
You need to protect the hardware that is running the virtual servers. Therefore, there is the importance of coming up with security measures that work towards ensuring business continuity. For instance, plan for unexpected breakdown and guard the virtualized resources against cyber attack. Having a backup plan is crucial when it comes to business continuity.
Work with the experts
Server virtualization is an evolving concept, just like the other IT practices. Just because you learned server virtualization a year ago, it does not mean the same thing you learned then still applies. To keep up with the pace, work with a seasoned professional who will steer your virtualization journey.
At BELNIS, we help organizations implement their IT strategies. Therefore, if planning server virtualization, we will walk you through from conceptualization to implementation. We also offer managed services and so we can take up the management of the virtual resources you are running.