Thanks to virtualization technology, enterprises are able to derive more benefits in terms of their technology investments. Virtualization helps organizations obviate capital investments and mitigates workloads associated with maintenance and operation. 

Enterprises need to gain immense knowledge and competence while adopting virtualization due to complexities of this technology. It is therefore essential to understand what exactly is virtualization technology and how best to implement the same in any organization. 

Objective of Virtualization

We need to clearly understand the fundamental objective of adopting virtualization in an organization. Let us begin by appreciating what is exactly meant by the term virtualization. 

Virtualization is a process or technique to create a virtual environment. The process of virtualization enables user to simultaneously run more than one operating systems on a single computer. 

The technology also facilitates creation of a virtual version of multiple elements such as servers or network resources among others. Many organizations view the technology of virtualization as an important paradigm of IT environment that is designed to ensure self management in relation with utility computing. 

Organizations embrace virtualization with an aim to minimize administration related chores and improve workloads as well as scalability. The role of virtualization can be summarized as the process of separating computing functionality of the given device from its underlying hardware. 

This has hopefully cleared any possible doubts about role and objectives of virtualization. This leads us to dig deeper in ten most vital pints to ponder before taking plunge into virtualization. 

Understand Hardware 

It is observed that hardware virtualization is a buzzword in many organizations. The virtualization of hardware focuses on computing resources and memory of server.

If you have plans to virtualize the hardware, then it would be advisable to select hardware with greater capacity than you would actually need because virtual machines require larger server space. 

You need to be aware of possible pitfalls associated with server virtualization including the threat of overwriting or deleting the data that is stored in one systems in addition to costs. 

Tracking VM’s Life Cycle

Virtual Machine’s life cycle can be divided in two important stages including configuration and deployment. While configuration is executed in a development environment, deployment is performed in production environment. It is the responsibility of the administrator to look after both stages and also keep track of VM’s life cycle from start to end. 

Understanding What Should not be Virtualized

You need to maintain server’s capability of processing traffic resulting from large number of visitors. There are many things that should not be virtualized including, things that need physical hardware or extreme performance. 

There are certain operating systems or applications that may have licensing restrictions and hence cannot be virtualized. Virtualization should not be adopted for systems that are holding sensitive information. 

Close Monitoring of All Traffic

Virtual as well as non virtual machines should be monitored for traffic because safety concerns are equal for both environments. 

Never Underestimate Virtualization Costs

It is naïve to think that virtualization resources are free. The cost of VMs is associated with servers that are being virtualized and can be significantly higher than you could imagine. 

Ideal as Temporary Service 

Virtual Machines are the most ideal for temporary service provisioning. Since Virtual Machines do not require temporary print server, FTP server, or web server for offering temporary service, these are can be ideally used for building machines for short-term tasks. 

Leverage VM’s Template for Easy Deployment

It is possible to facilitate deployment without any hassles by using templates created by Virtual Machines. This can significantly save time as well as effort because if the template is created, then it can be used over and over again as and when required. 

Relevance of Allocating Thick Provisioning for VMs

It is common practice in many organizations that dynamically created disks are allocated by administrators to support VMs. In order to boost performance to the optimum level it is required to allocate thick provisioning for VMs. 

This can be achieved by setting actual disk size in configuration of VM. It is recommended for administrator to make sure that sufficient space is earmarked for allocating thick provisioning for virtual machines. This process will further boost overall performance of the virtual machine. 

More Tips for Improving Performance of VMs

You can certainly guarantee a far better experience as well as performance of the virtualized environment created by you by installing virtualization tools and guest add-ons. These characteristics are offered by VMs including thick provisioning and VMTurbo. 

It is unfortunate that many administrators overlook the importance of improved communication between host machines and guests. Life and performance of VMs can be boosted by supporting these with guest to host time synching, mouse integration and display drivers among others. 

Keeping VMs Patches Up-to-Date
Throughout the process of virtualization we need to understand importance of guest OS. Therefore it is essential to protect the server by updating VMs and keeping it seamlessly patched at anytime.