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July 25, 2012
On the surface, the future of virtualization is bright. But, as more workloads are virtualized, new and complex infrastructure problems arise.
December 23, 2010
Your virtualization implementation can grid to a halt without the proper planning and support. Luckily, there are ways to overcome these hurdles and get back on track.
November 18, 2010
VM sprawl is the result of irresponsible server provisioning, so you need to implement stringent resource-allocation policies.
August 28, 2009
Left unchecked, demand for virtual machines can quickly outstrip IT's ability to deliver and manage them.
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VM sprawl plagues the virtualized environments of many organizations. The key to overcoming it is incorporating automation and orchestration in your sprawl management plan. Continue Reading
A zombie VM is a virtual machine that is created for a particular purpose, such as development or testing, that is forgotten when it is no longer needed for that purpose. As a result, it continues to consume resources while performing no useful work. Continue Reading
Constant refinements and upgrades can cause virtualization challenges -- such as VM sprawl -- but management tools can help smooth the process. Continue Reading
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Containers outperform virtual machines, but IT teams combine the virtualization technologies instead of choosing one over the other. With VM-hosted containers, disruptions decrease while capacity utilization increases. Continue Reading
The creation of too many VMs and the continued existence of unused VMs plague modern IT infrastructure. This three-part guide looks at the ongoing battle against virtual machine sprawl, with a focus on strategies and tools for tracking VM lifecycles... Continue Reading
In this continuation of our series on VM sprawl control, Brian Kirsch offers two methods for removing resources without eliminating important data from your server. Continue Reading
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Depending on workload and activity level, a virtual machine's required resources can fluctuate significantly. It's common to see admins overlook this and, as a result, VMs become overprovisioned. This can lead to poor performance and an unnecessary ... Continue Reading
This chapter offers guidance on how to keep virtual machines running efficiently. Critical to this process of virtualization capacity planning is appropriately provisioning resources. Best practices for capacity planning are detailed here so that an... Continue Reading
Great infrastructure design alone can't save you from falling victim to common virtualization pitfalls. You need to pair it with smart policies. Continue Reading
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It can be difficult to run an effective virtualized environment. Keeping it optimized and making good use of performance data are ongoing concerns for busy virtualization admins. This e-book series looks at best practices for getting the most out of... Continue Reading
With the advent of virtual infrastructure and "free" VMs, administrators are seeing a rise in VM sprawl, making environments difficult to manage. In order to combat this issue, you must first locate any and all problem VMs. Continue Reading
Discovering which VMs are necessary and which are just taking up space can be difficult if you don't have a strategy in place. Continue Reading