Virtualization admins are responsible for ensuring data center operations are running smoothly, but as with most jobs in IT, that's easier said than done. Virtual infrastructures are made up of many moving parts -- virtual machines, applications, workloads and so on -- and even a small problem left unresolved can lead to downtime or system failure.
Admins need to make sure their hardware resources can support the virtual machines (VMs) they need to run, and that their environments can scale as workloads increase. As more organizations consider virtualizing mission-critical workloads, and the IT industry shifts toward a software-defined future, getting the highest VM performance is becoming even more important.
As such, effective data center management needs to include capacity planning, VM allocation, troubleshooting methods and the right monitoring tools. This essential guide will cover the basics, as well as more advanced tips for admins to optimize server and VM performance.
Master capacity planning and VM allocation
Capacity planning and VM allocation aren't one-and-done things when it comes to overseeing data center operations. To effectively manage an environment, virtualization admins need to be aware of the VMs they have in their infrastructures, what resources their current workloads require and how that might change over time. Luckily, there are a number of proven strategies admins can implement to help in these efforts.
You need a thorough understanding of the VMs and resources you currently have in your virtual infrastructure before you can realistically plan for future business needs. Continue Reading
Monitor and manage your resource use by following these five quick tips. They include insight on why capacity planning is so challenging and answers to commonly asked questions. Continue Reading
Choose proper management tools
As virtualization infrastructures grow in size and complexity, they're becoming more difficult to manage. Although there are tools that can help virtualization admins better manage their VMs and workloads, selecting the best tool can be a challenge. Even after doing careful research and choosing a management tool, admins need to plan for implementation. Make sure you're laying the proper groundwork to take full advantage of these tools.
Admins can integrate tools like vSphere 6.5, vRealize Automation 7 and vSphere Update Manager to help ease management, but they need to prepare for workflow changes. Continue Reading
Consider the cost of different vendor platforms, the features and functionalities they offer, and the platforms with which they integrate when choosing an IT automation tool. Continue Reading
Understand the data center challenges that can be solved with server automation tools, what capabilities these tools should have, and whether a suite or point tool is the better option. Continue Reading
Better tools are accelerating virtualization adoption and enhancing approaches to VM provisioning by incorporating more automation. Continue Reading
Troubleshoot common virtual infrastructure problems
Finding an issue in the data center is one thing, but solving the problem is another matter entirely. Unfortunately, both tasks can be challenging and time-consuming, as performance issues can be caused by any number of things, including overprovisioning and VM sprawl. By implementing best practices and taking advantage of certain tools, virtualization admins can minimize downtime and get data center operations back to normal.
Overprovisioning, poor vCPU selection and assignment to VMs are just a few things that cause performance problems in virtual environments. Use these strategies to address issues. Continue Reading
With tools like Windows Performance Monitor and proven strategies for managing memory, CPU and disk usage, admins can more easily investigate and solve performance issues. Continue Reading
Benefits of log analysis tools include large-scale data collection, a search index, and insight into applications and the virtual network. A cloud service can be costly, though. Continue Reading
Throwing resources at a workload in an effort to fix performance problems wastes capacity, costs money, and it can even exacerbate current problems. Learn to right-size VMs instead. Continue Reading
Learn key VM allocation and troubleshooting terms
An essential part of allocating VM resources and troubleshooting performance problems is knowing the related terminology. Read on to familiarize yourself with some important terms.