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Automating IT processes for virtual machines
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of December 2009, Vol. 17
Andi Mann Many organizations have discovered that virtualization has introduced several new management problems. Virtualization adds complexity to an environment with new technologies, new platforms, new vendors and new tools; all of which require new training and new skills. Unfortunately, a majority of organizations report that they simply do not have the sufficient skills to manage their virtual systems, which is a major roadblock to maintaining and expanding their virtual server deployments. Others resort to using senior staffers for routine virtual machine (VM) management tasks that take them away from value-adding projects such as new application deployments, server consolidation, data center moves or disaster recovery (DR) planning. In this tip, I'll examine how IT process automation (ITPA) tools can help streamline workflows in order to make your virtualized infrastructure run more smoothly. Inherent risks with virtualization Virtualization rapidly increases the speed of IT administration tasks. For example, in an ...
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Hardware purchases remain flat as virtualization spending and deployments show steady growth.
IT process automation tools help tackle workflow challenges in virtual machine management, disaster recovery and server consolidation - and free up IT staff for higher-level virtualization projects.
If you're getting more involved with virtualization, you may want to take another look at your high-availability architecture. Redundancy and abstraction can help prevent problems.