Virtualization planning: Systems management keys to success

Like every technology that has come before it, the route to success with virtualization lies in solid, standardized processes and management software to automate and govern the execution of these processes. Process discipline and streamlined management automation have long been operational mandates, but the advent of virtualization on industry-standard servers exacerbates these requirements.

Luckily, the growing demand for automated virtualization management tools has produced an array of software solutions. Many options exist -- too many, in fact -- and you must evaluate these options to minimize the risk of additional complexity and vendor dissolution.

Buyers need to be careful in such a young market segment and remain pragmatic about the requirements and the role these technologies will play in the overall management portfolio. The real risk is the creation of yet another silo that will have to be absorbed later on. To avoid future headaches, organizations should include virtualization as just another technology domain in the consolidated management portfolio.

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