Thursday, August 27, 2009

Management Essential for Virtualization Adoption

For most organizations, virtualization holds great promise for significant and immediate savings in the datacenter. However, most organizations reach a certain level of virtualization and then have their efforts stall. Research from IDC shows this is the case, with organizations having many VMs rating management as very important to further adoption.


Although virtualization reduces the number of assets under management, it does increase management complexity of the environment, and centralizes risk / amplifies sensitivity to errors, making management more critical than ever.


Unfortunately, many who have implemented virtualization have not advanced their management of the environment to follow suite. Management solutions and practices need to change and advance to meet the demands of moving from physical to virtual.


It is recommended that organizations begin by assessing their current capability and maturity of virtualization management to understand where they are today, and what specific elements need to be implemented to help drive improvements.


Working with EMC Ionix, Alinean created the Virtualization Management Capability and Maturity Assessment.



The Virtualization Management capability and maturity levels are defined as follows:

Survival

LITTLE TO NO:
• Automation for processes or tasks
• Centralization and standardization of tools
• Integrated tools across technology domains
• Integrated tools across virtual and physical infrastructures
• IT Service awareness across tools


Awareness

PLANS AND/OR INITIAL ADOPTION OF:
• Automation for processes or tasks
• Centralization and standardization of tools
• Integrated tools across technology domains
• Integrated tools across virtual and physical infrastructures
• IT Service awareness across tools



Committed

SOME, BUT UNCOORDINATED:
• Automation for processes or tasks
• Centralization and standardization of tools
• Integrated tools across technology domains
• Integrated tools across virtual and physical infrastructures
• IT Service awareness across tools


Proactive

SIGNIFICANT ADOPTION AND COORDINATION OF:
• Automation for processes or tasks
• Centralization and standardization of tools
• Integrated tools across technology domains
• Integrated tools across virtual and physical infrastructures
• IT Service awareness across tools



Optimized

COMPREHENSIVE AND CONTINUALLY IMPROVED:
• Automation for processes or tasks
• Centralization and standardization of tools
• Integrated tools across technology domains
• Integrated tools across virtual and physical infrastructures
• IT Service awareness across tools





To obtain a Virtualization Assessment overview, and compare your current level to peers / leaders, visit the EMC Ionix Virtualized IT Management Cost Savings Assessment at: https://roianalyst.alinean.com/ent_01/AutoLogin.do?d=96663974887422036



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