What you need to know to improve VM performance

Ever wonder what is slowing down your computer? It could be something simple. Learn how to better improve VM performance with these helpful tips.

One of the biggest complaints among users is slow virtual machine performance. If the user is prepared, steps can be taken to prevent it from slowing down. Once the performance has deteriorated, the next step is figuring out what is bogging it down and then you must fix it.

If you take a step back, develop a proactive plan and create a strategy to be able to address the issue like the tips below suggest, you can improve VM performance

How can choosing the right disk improve VM performance?
VM performance can improve if you make the right disk selection. Choosing the right disk and allocating the right amount of storage will help improve performance. Fixed-size disks have a predetermined amount of overhead and cannot be changed while dynamically expanding disks can provide more space as needed.

What is the best way to develop a strategy to fix performance issues?
There are a lot of factors that can hinder VM performance. But, if you have a strategy in place that can help identify and fix those issues, you can stay ahead of the game. Start by benchmarking. Figure out where your performance stacks up and understand what the performance should be to have a baseline for comparison.

What easy mistakes will greatly affect VM performance?
There are a lot of small things you might not even realize that could be messing with your VM performance. Think about one of the most commonly used things on a computer: a screen saver. Turning those off, as well as correcting other easy mistakes, can greatly improve your VM performance.

What are the best strategies to control and prevent VM sprawl?
VM sprawl can be very detrimental to your VM’s performance if it’s not addressed properly. If you develop policies beforehand, you can work to prevent sprawl from crippling your environment. There are other options, like VM archiving or creating a VM library, that help control sprawl and keep your VM’s performance running at a high level.

How do you know when a performance bottleneck occurs?
Bottlenecks aren’t exclusive to just production environments, they can slow down VM performance as well. But there are tools that can identify the problems and prevent slow VMs from bogging down performance.

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