Fine-tune your virtualization performance management skills

Last updated:December 2016

Editor's note

There are many benefits to virtualization, but a key aspect of fully realizing those benefits is ensuring that everything in your data center is performing well. The virtual infrastructure is a complex system made up of many parts -- the hypervisor, VMs, servers, storage, applications -- and if even one of those parts isn't firing on all cylinders, it affects the rest of the infrastructure. As such, it's essential to not only understand what affects virtualization performance, but also how to actively improve performance and successfully troubleshoot any issues.

With this guide, you'll be better equipped to anticipate and prevent virtualization performance problems. Below, you'll find information on how CPU and memory affect performance, how you can benefit from VM performance benchmarking and how to pinpoint application performance problems in a virtual data center.

1How can you improve virtualization performance?

Now that you understand what factors affect performance, you are better equipped to manage the day-to-day operations of your virtual infrastructure. Read on to learn about effective performance monitoring, proper resource utilization and important storage metrics.

2How can you troubleshoot virtualization performance issues?

When managing a virtual environment, you're bound to run into issues, no matter how meticulously you set up the infrastructure and how carefully you monitor it. In this section, learn about common bottlenecks, detrimental background activity and Hyper-V configurations.