Reasons for Moving to Virtualization
If you’re trying to decide if virtualization is right for your organization, whether from an economic or technological standpoint, consider these reasons for taking the virtualization plunge.
Types of Virtualization
Currently, most of the activity in the virtualization world focuses on server virtualization the data center. The three main types of server virtualization are:
- Operating system virtualization
- (aka containers) Creates self-contained representations of underlying operating system in order to provide applications in isolated execution environments. Each self-contained environment (container) reflects the underlying operating system version and patch level.
- Hardware emulation
- Represents a computer hardware environment in software so that multiple operating systems can be installed on a single computer.
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- A thin software layer that coordinates access from multiple operating systems to underlying hardware.
Virtualization Project Steps
After you’ve evaluated virtualization and want to move forward with it, it’s time to implement a virtualization plan. Don’t jump right in, the first steps are to create a virtualization project using these five steps:
- Evaluate your current server workloads.
Determine whether virtualization can help you and figure out what your potential virtualization use cases might be.
- Define your system architecture.
What form of virtualization will you use?
- Select your virtualization software and hosting hardware.
Carefully evaluate the virtualization software’s capabilities to ensure that it supports your needs. Be sure to look at the new virtualization-enabled hardware systems.
- Migrate your existing servers to the new virtualization environment.
Decide whether some of the new migration products can help you move your systems or if you need to move them manually — in either case, create a project plan to ensure everything is covered
- Administer your virtualized environment.
Decide whether the virtualization product management tools are sufficient for your needs or whether you should look to more general system management tools to monitor your environment.
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