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Top 5 Virtualization Money-Wasters

it money wastersUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you know virtualization is supposed to save you money. Certainly it reduces capital expenditures out of the gate. Unfortunately, many organizations simply implement a virtualization plan and then let things run, never realizing that they’re not saving as much money as they thought, if any. In fact, without proper management virtualization can waste a good bit of cash, eating up any savings.

Here are the top 5 money-wasters you’ll want to root out of your organization:

1.    Underutilization. If you’re not running enough VMs on each given physical server, you’re wasting money. In the beginning, it was maybe smart to keep the ratio of virtual to physical servers low in order to guarantee performance. Utilization was maybe around 50 percent. While that may have made sense three years ago, it doesn’t make sense today. Performance management tools let you know how things are running and thereby get the most bang for your physical server buck.

2.    Inefficient use of VM management tools. There are a ton of performance management tools in ant VM infrastructure. Those tools should be able to let you do way more than simply checking to see that the virtual servers are running. You need to be able to take an aggressive approach, and push them to their limits.

3.    Narrow thinking. You need to look beyond one set of applications or servers when you’re doing virtualization planning. You don’t need to build in twice the amount of resources as necessary like you used to. Instead, you pool all of your virtualization resources and let them go where they’re most needed instead.

4.    Ineffective lifecycle management. You are using virtualization, in part, to avoid data center sprawl. You need to do what VMs are supposed to do and actually support and enforce lifecycle policies. Individual applications should change and be decommissioned just like in past models.

5.    Ignoring the potential for chargeback. By calculating IT costs and assigning them to individual business units, you wind up with truly invested individuals making decisions about what you do and don’t have in terms of capacity and functionality. It also makes your budget fights easier, because you have stakeholders willing to make your case for you.

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