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Top Three Virtualization Danger Zones

Automation is the way past each of these danger zones

Virtualization technologies have allowed IT departments to continue to function and offer greater degrees of service on budgets that are often slashed or stagnated. Virtualization gives an organization plenty of opportunity for everything from cost savings to efficiency to the greening of the data center. Accordingly, virtualization almost always pays off and pays off big.

danger zone resized 600Still, it’s not a perfect solution. There are some danger zones that, if you’re not careful, you can run into. Your virtualization efforts may not give you the level of service that you’re hoping for, for example, or they may not be giving you the degree of cost savings that you promised to your superiors.

Watch out for these three virtualization danger zones:

1.    The performance danger zone. While vendors will probably try to sell you on the improved performance of virtualization, the fact is that it’s not always the case. In some instances, virtualization can open up the door for higher performance, but everything needs to be figured right. Network concerns, rogue devices, firewalls, and those configurations that aren’t in line with standard procedures can all force your performance right down to pre-virtualization levels (or even lower).

2.    The change danger zone. Being able to manage a virtualized environment means having strict and precise change management processes and policies. Thorough documentation is a must. Configuration records are essential. Every possible area of change, from load balancing to disaster recovery, needs to be addressed in light of virtualization.

3.    The staffing danger zone. When you implement organization-wide virtualization solutions, your IT and data center staff are freed up to be able to hone in on your core business concerns. There is also plenty of potential for inefficiencies here, as well. Going through various alerts and logs when troubleshooting can be more complex in a virtualized environment. Dealing with audits as well as compliance issues can also be a bit more involved. Those basic activities that staff once did on their own (such as assigning an IP address) now requires more collaboration.

Automation is the way past each of these danger zones. You can automate your change processes, performance monitoring, and even management of those time-wasting activities that staff can get hung up on. Spend some time exploring ways to automate the virtualized environment and you’ll see almost immediate benefits.

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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.