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3 Ways Virtualizations can Increase your Costs

virtualizationVirtualization holds the potential to recognize significant cost savings in the data center and across the entire IT function. However, virtualization in itself isn’t a holy grail. Simply adopting a virtualization strategy and consolidating some servers isn’t going to guarantee you will save money. In fact, it’s possible that you’ll actually increase your costs.

If you want your virtualization efforts to truly pay off, there are some significant problems and roadblocks you’re going to need to avoid:

1.    Underutilization. Let’s face it: underutilization is a problem that virtualization is supposed to help you avoid. The old model of having one application for one physical server was, as a matter of course, an underutilized environment. Many organizations implement virtualization technologies to fix this, but they don’t go nearly far enough. They become concerned that, if the ratio of virtual servers to physical servers were to grow too high, they’ll see a significant performance hit. An average server might see half a dozen to 10 virtual machines, and might never surpass 50 percent. In the earlier days of virtualization this was simply being cautious, as it was hard to see just how VMs were performing. Today, however, more robust monitoring tools can give you a much more accurate picture, allowing you to make more informed utilization decisions.

2.    Poor use of management tools. Using those management tools to do more than just make sure that your virtual servers are running is key to getting a higher utilization. Being aggressive with virtualization management tools lets you make the most of your virtualization capacity. Many organizations, however, don’t have the expertise or the desire to get the most from their virtualization management tools, and that costs them money.

3.    Lax lifecycle management. In the days when one physical server supported one application, it was easy to know when a lifecycle was done. When a server finally stopped running and no one complained, its lifecycle was done. Virtualization means that the server will likely run forever. That means policies for lifecycle components such as provisioning, change management, and more need to be spelled out. There is no built-in end-of-lifecycle event to free up those resources.

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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.