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Deploying a SuitableVM Management Tool in a Virtualized Environment

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In the current era of enterprise IT infrastructure where agility plays a crucial role in boosting the overall productivity, staging a virtualized environment has become an innovative strategy. Virtualization is a technique that elevates the level of flexibility by working on data retrieved from the physical infrastructure. But, no matter how efficient a virtual platform may seem, absence of a streamlined management solution may generate unpredictable complications; making it unstable. With an aim to effectively identify the issues and resolve them in a systematic manner, virtualization administrators are considering Virtual Management (VM) tools to integrate with the enterprise virtual infrastructure.

According to Gartner, the virtualization market is expected to reach the $5.6 bn mark in 2016, a massive rise by about 5.7 percent from 2015. But, although the technology has been widely deployed over the past few years, revenue of new software licenses has experienced a considerable downturn. Citing the reason, Gartner explains that the current global market growth is powered by the maintenance revenue; indicating development of the software market arena.

Before deploying a VM tool, initial step should always involve a detailed assessment of the components that has to be virtualized. In this manner, organizations can save the overall implementation costs by up to 50 percent.

Key Features of an Ideal VM Solution

Monitoring servers and applications are the primary functions of a VM management tool. Although most solutions come with a wide range of offerings, considering the below mentioned key features is recommended.

1. Exceptional Performance Management

As virtual environment stages a scenario where multiple virtual machines share critical enterprise data, performance plays a vital role in ensuring optimum levels of efficiency. A high performing VM management tool effectively identifies the problems in the entire virtual infrastructure with the help of automated alerts, reports and dashboards. Apart from having all the data resources, prioritizing them is also an essential factor.

2. Highly Responsive User Interface

Considering the amount of agility required to achieve operational efficiency, a VM management tool should always be integrated with a simple and highly responsive user interface. This will help virtualization admins to execute complex tasks swiftly and effectively maintain the workflow.

3. Identification of VM Sprawls

While managing a complex virtual environment, spotting VM Sprawls can turn out to be a strenuous process as it requires continuous monitoring of the entire workflow. Just like physical machines, implementing stringent configuration management policies is the best way to solve the issue. Furthermore, to understand the level of progress, it is crucial to analyze the growth trends on a monthly basis.

4. Identifying the I/O Bottlenecks

Bottlenecks are unpredictable–staging a situation that thwarts the overall performance of a virtual environment. Severity of the phenomenon often depends on the nature of errors existing in the virtual infrastructure. An ideal management tool identifies the glitches in the system before it occurs. By evaluating key storage metrics such as throughput and latency, enterprises can determine the errors in the storage and identify the areas that need to be rectified.

5. Efficiency in Capacity Planning

In a fast-paced virtualized environment, capacity planning is always an essential process that needs to be incorporated by enterprises. As most of the data are shared by virtual machines, determining the exact type and amount of resources ensures stability in capacity planning—saving enough space and costs at the same time. A Virtualization Management tool should be able to automatically notify the virtualization admins about an available resource shortage.

6. Enhanced Transparency in Operations

While VM tools transform the way a virtualized platform operates, they must be able to deliver transparency in the enterprise operations. This includes linking the entire virtual platform to the business model. Therefore, it is always recommended to adopt a tool that can process heavy amounts of data and convert them into a format that can be easily understood by the virtualization admins.