Virtualization for newbies

While virtualization is becoming mainstream, many enterprises are still in need of a few pointers on deploying the technology

Gillett said IT managers will need to look for modern tools that can deal with capacity planning and VM migration. The need for automated policy management, he said, is also important.

"You're probably going to do everything manually to start, but eventually you'll want to automate things." This means you'll want the ability to automatically keep a workload up, while dumping a few other less important ones down, he said.

Gillett mentioned server virtualization firm CiRBA as a possible vendor to consider. CiRBA's data centre analysis software brings together configuration information, business attributes and utilization data of servers, representing them as a three-dimensional cube and finding opportunities to optimize their use through virtualization or consolidation.

After implementing these measures, Gillett said, most organizations will make virtualization the default deployment option for incoming servers. According to VMware, 46 per cent of its customers have standardized on VMware infrastructure and put these measures into place.

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