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Virtualization capacity management: The right tools rule
This article is part of the August 2012 Volume 14 issue of CIO Decisions
In the past five years, corporate data centers have morphed from crowded metropolises of machinery into the smaller-scale locales of the virtualized environment. These pared-down centers, however, do not make capacity management any easier. If anything, in fact, the resources required to power virtual machines (VMs) add new layers of complexity to capacity management, demanding a larger toolbox for IT and unfamiliar rules for users. The needs of the business tend to be more fluctuating than they used to be, so being able to spin up capacity when you need it is critical. Pete Graves, CIO, Independent Bank Corp. Just ask Curtis Gunderson, senior infrastructure engineer at Unum Group Inc., a worldwide provider of disability insurance based in Chattanooga, Tenn. The company, with 10,000 employees and $10.1 billion in revenue in 2011, is 80% virtualized. Gunderson uses VKernel's vOPs Server Standard to measure performance and manage VM capacity three months out. Anticipating what people will ask for next isn't easy, however. "Our ...
Features in this issue
A strong capacity management plan for virtualized data centers comes down to the right mix of resource provisioning tools for both IT and employees.
Virtualization calls for a shift in storage strategy. Here's a rundown of the pros and cons of three primary approaches for virtualized environments.
News in this issue
A hospital's chief technology officer and chief architect talk about the relationship between desktop virtualization and patient care.
Independent Bank Corp. CIO Pete Graves speaks in-depth about his capacity management plan and offers advice gleaned from years of experience.
Mobile device virtualization promises work and personal personas on the same device -- but is it ready for prime time?
Columns in this issue
Once a bleeding-edge technology, virtualization is finding its way slowly into all corners of modern organizations. CIOs must keep the drumbeat going.