Currently, many virtualization solutions are available on the market. So far, VMware dominates the virtualization market with more than 150,000 customers. No-one else comes close to VMware when it comes to offering, reliability or implementation speed. When looking for the right virtualization solution for your company, you should consider the following points:
- Do not opt for the latest and greatest, nor for the seemingly cheapest solution.
- Look for a solution that has been available for some time to ensure that the technology has been tested in a combination with a wide range of applications.
- Look for a solution that has proven itself amply in production environments.
- Choose a solution that is flexible and offers features that meet your specific business needs
One of the objections we often hear from administrators who have not yet virtualized their servers is that they think their applications may not be virtualization-friendly. Although there are a number of cases where this is indeed the case, the number of servers that can not be virtualized is negligible in relation to the vast majority of servers that can be virtualized.
If you have a good understanding of the application in question, there should not be any problems to consolidate a physical server into a virtualized environment.
It is not more than logical that before your organization starts a virtualization process, it first analyzes the costs and potential cost savings (the return on investment or ROI).
The more physical servers are available to virtualize, the higher the cost savings will be. In addition, the payback period or the time required for break-even on the investment is usually one month in a consolidation project with 20 servers. From how many other IT projects can you still say that? Some examples of the cost savings are:
- Less servers
- Less infrastructure costs cooling, UPSs, generators
- Less power consumption
- The infrastructure takes up less space
- Less time spent on server management
- Respond faster to changing business needs
In addition, it is important to analyze how much time and skills are needed to virtualize the infrastructure.