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Creating a Top-Down Virtualization Strategy

Virtualization is one of the best ways for an organization to increase its IT service levels while reducing expenses. Whether you’re talking about server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing or server consolidation, there are many areas that virtualization can impact a business.

The challenge, for many organizations, is to be able to virtualize in an organized, comprehensive and strategic fashion. To do that, you need to be able to create a top-down virtualization strategy.

That’s not always as easy as it sounds. If technology is easy to adopt, people are more likely to get excited about it. Because of that, you need to create your strategy over time, and implement some very specific steps:

1.    Address virtualization at the demand layer. Find out what the users want. Find out what the applications need. Understand where the data goes, where processing done, and go from there. Your virtualization efforts will not only be met with resistance if you don’t do this, chances are pretty good that they’ll be either ineffective or inefficient.

2.    Next, you need to virtualize the supply of IT resources. This means you virtualize the network, storage, computing power, memory and IO. Each component of the IT supply has to be virtualized if a top-down strategy is going to work. Your virtual servers have to be across the board, and won’t mix well with other physical components.

3.    Now, you need to incorporate the life cycle management of your virtualization platform. Essentially, you need to look at both the virtualized demand and the virtualized supply and match them with the right virtual resources. Further, you need to determine how they are matched and provisioned.

Performance, cost and efficiency are key in the virtualization process, as well. As you move through these stages, you need to always go back to those three principles. You need to look at your business processes, from most critical to least critical, in terms of those factors. From there you can decide where business needs aren’t being met, and establish priorities for moving forward.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.