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How to Choose the Right Virtualization Solution for Your Business

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Not all virtualization technology works the same way. As every IT environment is tremendously different and his its own unique operating patterns and technical compositions, there is never one ideal …

Not all virtualization technology works the same way. As every IT environment is tremendously different and his its own unique operating patterns and technical compositions, there is never one ideal solution for every IT scene.

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  • 1. How to Choose the Right Virtualization Solution for Your BusinessNot all virtualization technology works the same way. As every IT environment is tremendously different and hisits own unique operating patterns and technical compositions, there is never one ideal solution for every IT scene.Instead of searching for the perfect solution, it is a better to choose the right solution for a specific situation. Thereare several things that influence the choice of virtualization software:Mobility and MotioningMotioning facilitates applications to shift between physical servers without disruption. There are instances whenmotioning can cause volatility and generate troublesome challenges for management groups tasked with incidentmanagement and compliance issues. Organizations need to first analyze maintenance windows, consistencyof workload patterns and disaster recovery strategies to determine whether motioning is a good choice in theenvironment.Windows MaintenanceMaintenance windows become intermingled when combined on a single physical platform, and this creates asituation where there is no window of time available for hardware maintenance. The same problem arises forsoftware freezes. It is therefore vital to make the right placement decision, as the mere act of motioning mayamount to a change that contravenes a software freeze.Disaster Recovery StrategyMotioning can destabilize the efforts of application level replication or hot spares, if they are a part of the disasterrecovery plan. To circumvent such consequences, organizations need to go through a detailed assessment ofdisaster recovery strategies, roles, cluster strategies, cluster roles and replication structures.Overhead and ScalabilityThe success of virtualization can be impacted by numerous aspects of any operational model. That can includethe way input and output is handled, the highest number of CPUs per VM or even the way vendors license theirsoftware on the platform.Software Licensing ModelsSome virtualization technologies do not support certain applications. Software licensing models may play a majorrole in the ROI gained from desktop virtualization, even if support isn’t an issue. For instance, applications areusually licensed per physical server, and this in turn radically diminishes any hopes for gains from virtualizationendeavors.SecurityOrganizations often have little assistance for ensuring security in a physical-to-virtual transition, as there are nopublished guidebooks or best practices for securing a virtual environment. Security zones and information privacyneed to be considered to minimize risks.Chargeback ModelsThe lack of feasible chargeback models is often an important and unexpected issue arising from virtualization. Thismeans virtual environments must be designed so that they do not cross departments. The solution must provide
  • 2. a way to obtain accurate utilization information to ensure equitable billing for computer resources, provided thechargebacks are in place.Choosing the right virtualization solution is often a confusing and overwhelming task due to the large volume ofvirtualization offerings. By analyzing the key factors impacting the virtualization efforts, critical missteps can beavoided, and a more informed and complex decision can be made. Ultimately this makes a huge difference.Click here for more on virtual desktop, citrix xen personalization

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