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Achieving Business Performance Goals through Virtualization Management Best Practices

Just off the press, a new 11-page whitepaper on virtualization management from EMA and eG Innovations.   

Virtualization is a key technology that is changing the way system hardware is used. It is also changing the way desktop environments are delivered, and how users interact with core systems and applications. Outcomes from virtualization include improved system utilization, reduced downtime, improved business continuity, and better service level achievement.

However, there are significant inhibitors to a successful virtualization deployment. Specifically, the management and monitoring software that comes with the common virtualization platforms is not enough to meet the business or technical goals of virtualization. It does not provide the cross-domain metrics for technical administrators to effectively monitor and manage performance on a wide scale. It does not provide the correlation across physical and virtual systems that IT service managers need to ensure fast problem triage and resolution. It does not provide the high-level performance and service measurements that CIOs need to assure business service levels.

Virtual environments instead need comprehensive and sophisticated performance monitoring tools that understand the whole environment – physical and virtual – and that can track, analyze, and prevent problems across the end-to-end IT service infrastructure. Such solutions need to span technologies and platforms across diverse multi-tier environments in order to deliver business goals for the CIO, service goals for the IT service manager, and technical goals for the system administrators. They need to cover key areas including discovery, physical infrastructure monitoring, virtual infrastructure monitoring, system and application monitoring, and connecting the pieces in a holistic view.

This EMA white paper investigates these issues in more detail, outlining the key drivers and outcomes of virtualization, explaining critical inhibitors to virtualization success (and how to overcome them), and describing core virtualization performance management solution requirements. It also briefly describes one such solution, the eG Enterprise Suite, and includes a short case study highlighting this solution in action.

Download this whitepaper from EMA and eG Innovations, here.

Request a free trial of eG, here.

Published Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:46 AM by David Marshall
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» Achieving Business Performance Goals through Virtualization … - (Author's Link) - April 15, 2008 9:44 AM
wwatson - (Author's Link) - May 12, 2008 4:52 PM

Virtualization offers a  very compelling upside with regards to resource utilization and business service continuity, but this value does not necessarily come easily. The referenced white paper accurately points out that the benefits of virutalization will only be achieved with an advanced monitoring and management solution that can not only collect data from across both the physical and virtual environments, but also provide insight into the business impact of problems within the overall environment.

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