To fully realize the cost savings of virtualization technology, you
need policy controls and governance to prevent VM sprawl-and the right
technology to enforce those controls. This Dell Software white paper
explains the steps to design and implement the governance you need, and
what to look for in a toolset to help enforce it.
A bit of wisdom: Activities that are easy to do become activities done a lot.
some cases, that's a good thing; in others, it's very problematic.
Virtual machine sprawl is one problematic example. Not long ago Hyper-V
and vSphere VMs became easy to create. Suddenly, IT started creating
lots of them. Almost overnight our virtual environments became
overcrowded with VMs of dubious value and VM sprawl was born. Similar to
its predecessor, server sprawl (a problem solved by virtualization), VM
sprawl has a significant impact on operating expenses (OPEX). Virtual
servers have the same needs as physical servers when it comes to
security, management and storage. VM sprawl takes up extensive space on
storage area networks and significantly increases network traffic. Not
to mention the impact on your software license budget, administrator
time and server utilization.
the right policy controls and visibility in place, new technologies
like private cloud and VM self-service will only make the situation
Find out more from author, Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert Greg Shields, in this whitepaper.
Download this brand new whitepaper.