Virtualization is a key element of most companies’ IT infrastructures these days. Yet, with no overarching strategy to guide its growth, virtualization is falling victim to its own success as it proliferates across enterprises.
Most organizations start with a simple server virtualization project: It lowers application and administrative costs and makes better use of existing resources. That success leads to another virtualization project, followed by another and yet another. Eventually, virtual server sprawl overwhelms system administrators, IT governance and service management breaks down, and so many people are scrambling to move virtual resources around that deployment times slip and the benefits disappear.
Building virtualization into your data center strategy from the bottom up—from planning to management to reporting and control—brings virtual resources under the same strategic umbrella as physical resources, putting you in the position to benefit most from virtualization.
That’s why it’s time to rethink virtualization as a business strategy, not just an IT tactic. That means rethinking virtualization on three levels:
- Infrastructure barriers
- Applications and and IT operations management
- Client architectures
Rethink infrastructure barriers
Virtualization brings newfound freedom and flexibility to your infrastructure. While it was once rare to run several applications on one server or to share storage capacity among several applications or servers, both are now commonplace. With virtualization, workloads are no longer inextricably tied to the physical infrastructures on which they were deployed. But to capitalize on this flexibility, you need to choose infrastructure with these possibilities in mind.
For instance, consider a modular infrastructure design, which allows you to shift IT resources more nimbly when business needs change. Think about moving completely to storage area networks or even implementing a shared storage solution in the data center. Or, think about using advanced infrastructure management tools for control, capacity use and planning for physical and virtual assets together.
CyberCore can help you manage and drive insight across heterogeneous servers, network, storage and client devices in a virtualized world.
Rethink applications and IT operations management
From an IT perspective, it’s smart to virtualize as many resources as you can based on an overarching strategy. There are many benefits: You can rapidly align resources to changing business needs, and quickly deploy resources for new projects.
That’s why CyberCore is enabling virtual and physical resources to be managed under the same service management policy and governance frameworks, using the same business service management and automation tools.
Our Professional services offer insight into and control over both virtual and physical environments. We back that up with experts who can assist with strategy, planning and design, implementation and best practices for applications and IT operations management.
Rethink client architectures
In addition to the data center, IT organizations are increasingly concerned with the management and security of end-user environments. At a certain point, managing and supporting networked desktop devices becomes cumbersome and expensive. Virtualization, on the other hand, can offer a client architecture that features improved client management and better security through protection of end-user data.
CyberCore is making this client architecture a reality with virtual desktop infrastructure solutions and remote graphics solutions for the most demanding users. And CyberCore can help you move to a virtualized client architecture through a variety of services to assist with strategy, planning and design, implementation, transition or operations.
Take full advantage of virtualization
CyberCore virtualization solutions can help you get the most from your virtualization initiatives, whether those are focused on infrastructure flexibility, business continuity, risk management or cost reduction. We help you deploy an environment capable of taking full advantage of virtualization’s benefits. We take an integrated, comprehensive business view of virtual and physical resources—not a narrow IT view—to help you rethink your strategy in a virtualization context and truly capitalize on the promise of virtualization.