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5 Must-Have Virtualization Management Tools

One of the ways that virtualization has positively affected the IT world is in the area of management. Ages ago, when servers were still one per physical machine, systems admins had to scurry from one box to the next, doing everything they could to get as much stability and performance as they could from their physical servers.

Those days are long gone, of course, but just having a virtualized server environment doesn’t mean your management is as streamlined as it can be. There are some specific kinds of tools you can and should be using to make sure you’re getting as much mileage as possible from your virtualization.

Here are the top 5 tools you need to have to get the most bang from your virtualization buck:

1.    Performance optimization tools. When you were running all of your applications on physical servers, it was relatively easy to notice a performance issue and address it. Typically, the bottleneck was due to a specific server component. Replace that component, and you’d be all set. In a virtualized environment, you have all sorts of dependencies to sort through. You need tools that can collect performance data and help you turn that data into useful optimization steps.

2.    Enterprise management. A virtual environment in the enterprise needs to be able to provide you with the bird’s-eye view of things. Accordingly, you need a tool that ties everything together and looks at the whole, as opposed to the parts.

3.    Capacity management. When you’re dealing with virtual servers, the issue isn’t usually server power, but rather how that capacity of the server is passed on to the virtual machines. Knowing whether resource demands are being met is key.

4.    Storage management. Storage has long been a thorn in the side of virtualization managers, largely thanks to VM sprawl. It’s easier to plan for other resources, such as CPU and memory, than it is for storage, so you need tools that can address that deficiency.

5.    Desktop management. The virtual server environment is messy enough in itself, but when you add in virtual desktops you add an entire new sphere of complexity. Correctly managing desktop virtualization is key in any virtualized environment.

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