There are many advantages to server virtualization. However, sometimes what seems like a simple task, can go so dramatically wrong. Here are the most common ways virtualization fails.
What is virtualization?
Virtualization is a method of running a virtual instance of a computer system in a layer. Imagine a cake. A server can host layers of data cakes with security in between them just like frosting protecting one layer from another. These virtual instances can run multiple operating systems at the same time. This is especially useful when specialty software requires a specific operating system to function properly.
The benefits of virtualization.
Virtualization offers improved system utilization, workload flexibility, and simplified management. Business owners generally love how much money it saves since they don’t have to keep buying hardware to expand their resources.
The most common ways virtualization fails…
There are still some problems that can arise if you do not use it properly. Virtualization is a solution that requires ongoing attention:
1. Resource distribution issues: Resource distribution problems often occur in the shift to virtualization and can be fixed by working on capacity planning with your service provider. You need to have someone to keep an eye on the servers to make sure that everything is properly distributed and when virtual growth happens you’re equipped to adapt to that change.
2. Poor management: You should look at how virtual machines will be managed, who will be doing what, and what systems you’re going to use. One of the optimal times to develop an overall management plan is when you’re in a testing phase, before migration.
3. Compatibility struggles: Always make sure that your software is compatible. Compatibility issues can be very frustrating and difficult to solve. Virtualization service providers can help you with what will be compatible and what will not.
Our best advice to avoid these three basic blunders. Always keep a back up of your files. Just because they are stored virtually doesn’t mean they can’t get lost. Security should be the most important thing for any business. You want your files safe and secure to ensure your data and your client's data doesn’t get out to anyone. Depending on the server provider, they may offer a service for this already. Remember, managing your virtualized server isn’t a one time task, it should be ongoing. Conduct regular checks to ensure your resources are being allocated properly, machines are created and shut down properly, and apps and systems are updated regularly to keep your company safe.
Ready to virtualize?
Have you been considering moving some of your shared resources to a virtual server for more flexibility? Or just not sure if virtualization is right for your business? Give us a call. We can take a look at your current environment and help you determine a plan to virtualize your resources and avoid these three most common failures.