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Virtualization strategy to conquer virtualization sprawl

Dana GardnerDana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions and a leading ZDNet blogger interviewed three HP executives about managing virtualization sprawl, using CMDBs to track virtualization resources, and using outsourcing to optimize implementation costs. His post is on “Rethinking virtualization: Why enterprises need a sustainable virtualization strategy over hodge-podge approaches.”

The discussion covers virtualization management and how an unchecked migration to virtualized servers leads to unrealized expectations. One best practice is starting with a virtualization strategy that plans for scale out that includes how to manage business services that reside on a moving platform. Another is looking closely at the connections between the physical and virtual servers and making sure all the networks support changes in traffic patterns.

Shay MowlemOne comment from my colleague Shay Mowlem, strategic marketing lead for HP Software & Solutions, includes:
Many companies today have recognized that consolidating their infrastructure through virtualization can reduce power consumption and space utilization, and can really maximize the value of the infrastructure that they’ve already purchased... But, as companies have tried to apply virtualization to their Tier 2 and Tier 1 mission-critical systems, they're discovering a whole new set of issues that, without effective management, really run counter to the cost benefits.”

There is also a podcast and transcript on Dana’s BriefingsDirect page.

For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.

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