Capacity Management in VMWare Virtualized Infrastructures
July 12th, 2010 By: Kevin Normandeau
VMware’s virtualization capabilities have been deployed in an array of organizations around the world, and for good reason: they have helped many organizations significantly optimize the performance of their data centers. Yet for all the benefits virtualization delivers, its also present a range of challenges—most critically when it comes to doing effective capacity management. This white paper from Nimsoft offers a detailed look at the challenges of capacity management in virtualized infrastructures, and it offers a wealth of practical insights into addressing these challenges and setting the stage for successful VMware deployments.
For anyone involved in the data center you know why capacity management is vital in the virtual infrastructure. Virtualization has ushered in an entirely new world, one where a lot of traditional rules, strategies, and approaches no longer apply. In the rush to adopt virtualization, many organizations have entered this world ill-equipped to deal with the new realities. This is especially true when it comes to capacity management. All too often, once the decision to invest in virtualization is made, IT management purchases VMware software with P2V Jumpstart, sends an administrator to an installation and configuration class, and is off and running to deployment. Yet there’s a big missing piece. For IT organizations, the infrastructure has traditionally been viewed as a series of boxes, rather than a cohesive, interrelated infrastructure.
This white paper is intended to provide guidance for IT management seeking to make their virtualization initiative a successful one by effectively managing capacity. First, the paper looks at some key guidelines for getting started. It then looks at key considerations to consider, including addressing the important role monitoring plays. Finally, it looks at the monitoring solutions available, and details one solution that offers an array of benefits for monitoring virtualized environments. Click here to download this white paper.