Virtual Machine Software - Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Virtual Machine Software - Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Summary: As Alan Laken is supposed to have said, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." While this statement seems true in most areas of life, it really has an impact in the deployment of virtual machine software on both client and server systems.

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As Alan Laken is supposed to have said, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." While this statement seems true in most areas of life, it really has an impact in the deployment of virtual machine software on both client and server systems. This goes against the strongly held belief in some quarters that there is no need to plan virtual machine deployments.

Since it's fairly easy to create a virtual machine, provision it with software, deploy it and when there's no need for its further existence, destroy it, why would anyone take on the burden of a formal process?

Why, then, do we hear of the following issues?

  • Virtual machine sprawl replacing physical machine sprawl.
  • Organizations having difficulty managing hybrid (physical plus virtual) systems
  • Software license management in a hybrid datacenter
  • Network management in a hybrid datacenter
  • Storage management in a hybrid datacenter

If an organization takes the time to plan, all of these issues can be addressed with technology that's available today. If an organization allows the relative ease of deployment of virtual resources to override common sense, they're likely to end up with a patchwork quilt of products, tools and virtual resources that's hard to administer or operate.

What's your experience in this area? Does your organization have a set of processes and procedures that encompass the use of virtual resources?

Topics: Data Centers, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization

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Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • A Machine is a Machine

    When was the last time someone said E-Commerce? 1998? Commerce is commerce.

    A Machine is a Machine--virtual or physical--so treat them the same way.

    Leverage existing processes like Change & Release Management.

    Use and enforce Security Policies and Compliance.

    Check out the CIS Benchmark on Virtualization Security for hardening guidelines.

    This doesn?t mean you have to lose a key benefit of virtualization, by the way. To keep the agility of virtualization, find tools that will automate these requirements from both a management and security standpoint.

    They exist and should also give you historical information about every machine to further understand the Business criticality, relationships and location.
    ggerchow