When it comes to data centers, there’s no such thing as business as usual. The modern data center comes with its own set of challenges and benefits, and as data center virtualization becomes a more robust part of every strategy, complexity can increase as well.

Here’s a look at new virtualization challenges impacting IT pros and data center management, with some ideas about how to turn problems into opportunities.

IT Challenge: Locating data in a virtualized environment

Although virtualization can boost the efficiency of hardware like servers, networking equipment and storage devices, the strategy can also make it more difficult to locate data when an issue arises.

Tools that move workload from one server to another can compound the problem, bouncing data within a data architecture system so you’re racing from one virtual machine to the next to find the troublesome asset. Virtualization also adds complexity at a higher level simply by adding another feature that IT must integrate and manage.

IT tip: Get assistance from a vendor that has automated support delivery systems as well as data-gathering and diagnostic capabilities. A vendor at this level of expertise will boast cross-stack competence that comes with deep knowledge of hardware and firmware. To learn more about managing the added complexity that comes with virtualization, download the white paper Conquering the Challenges of Data Center Complexity.

IT Challenge: Storage needs to keep up

As mobility becomes more pervasive, it presents additional challenges to storage systems. This type of technology convergence increases complexity, especially as IT works to stay on top of different device types and storage options.

IT tip: Plan ahead for storage technology investment, and employ some automation that can handle server virtualization in a mobile environment. Turn to a vendor with expertise in remote worker technologies and data storage across a variety of technologies.

IT Challenge: Unanticipated costs for virtual solutions

Although data center virtualization can lead to greater efficiency and a more robust data architecture, some organizations have found that additional costs can arise when implementing OS virtualization. You might not anticipate new software licenses or buying hardware that can boost performance and availability. Virtual machines can bog down an existing infrastructure, and you might lack in-house expertise and training options.

IT tip: Talk with a vendor that can evaluate your existing infrastructure and implement changes on an as-needed basis, rather than suggesting a rip-and-replace solution. Look outside the organization for training options that make the most of your in-house resources. And always evaluate virtual options with an eye toward growth and expansion.

IT Challenge: Neglected virtualization features

Implementing a new virtual platform with plenty of features is great – as long as you can access all that functionality. Yet, many organizations don’t have the network resources to benefit from a feature-rich platform.

IT tip: Aim for optimization in a network setup by implementing intelligent byte caching, automated storage load-balancing, and general optimization strategies. A knowledgeable vendor can help you use virtualization to the fullest, including blending numerous storage sources and supporting mobile technologies.

Want to know more about how to deal with complexity, so that you can boost data center virtualization strategies? Then download the white paper Conquering the Challenges of Data Center Complexity.

 


Adam Shomaker is a Strategic Alliance Manager with Sirius Computer Solutions.