Faq

Not sure how we can help your business? Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions:

1.) What does virtualizing mean for my company?

Virtualization allows for possibilities far beyond the restrictions of a physical architecture. Easy-to-deploy software configurations, Easy-to-mange hardware upgrades, efficient “High Availability” and “Disaster Recovery” strategy in place without deploying multi-million dollar solutions.

2.) So you have to perform server consolidation by virtualizing, what next?

Many organization are just scratching the surface of virtualization and what it has to offer. After you have performed server consolidation, you can implement various functions to ensure efficient performance and availability of your environment. There are virtual storage, application virtualization & I/O virtualization that can also provide tremendous cost/performance saving when implementing.

3.) Is virtualized storage a reliable method of managing your data?

You might hesitate to piece together a storage network using off-the-shelf retired or low cost severs, but with the right architecture it very reliable. Most virtual storage software can tackle hardware failure by migrating/replication or by leveraging DRS/Live Migrate.

4.) How can I justify my phase 1 for virtualization to upper management?

In today’s economy budgets are cut on a daily basis and management is tightening the screws on expenditures across the board. Utilizing a capacity planning tool to help indentify resource utilization is more important than ever. If you are able to offset the purchase of new hardware because of identifying availability for 10 more VM’s per host you are going to be a hero in managements eyes.

5.) How could an acceleration tool increase overall company productivity & save my company money?

WAN performance issues are a constant struggle. Asking management for a larger pipe will get you a response back probably to the tune of “Why don’t you put that in your pipe and smoke it”Meaning it isn’t going to happen. By leveraging some of the new software based acceleration solutions you can increase employee performance of downloading and accessing data. You can save on monthly bills for your usage of the WAN and can help increase performance of specialized application that are mission critical to your organizations.

6.) Why is a VMware backup solution important?

VMware HA & DRS doesn’t mean your data is always safe. Backup & Replication within the virtual world are just as import as they were before the virtual rave. It is still all installed on a physical infrastructure that will fail. Oh yeah and you still have the green administrator who didn’t pay attention and blows away an entire host.

7.) I use VirtualCenter to monitor the capacity on my ESX servers, resource pools, and clusters. Isn’t that enough? Or is VC not telling me enough?

VC does give you the ability to access some of this data. However, I am sure you don’t have a lot of time to dig through it to find it then generate scripts that will automate the process. There are several tools out in the market place that pull data directly from VC through its API and give it to you in single pane of glass. These tools go beyond the current problems and actually give you visibility into future problems so that you can be more proactive.

8.) Group Policy is a very complex process. How can I simplify the administration process?

For IT administrators who are concerned about desktop security but don’t have the time to learn the tools. SDM has created an intuitive solution that provides a way to secure and configure systems accurately every time without learning new technology.

9.) How can I image a physical servers (workstations) and redeploy them to dissimilar hardware?

System Recovery‚Ķ the technology isn’t new but it’s still just as impressive. Instead of having to build out an entire machine of you have had total hardware failure, just pull down an image of that server and restore to bring it but to a point-in-time stage. If you are a college and you are currently redeploying new test lab systems leverage something like “Snap Deploy” to easy and effectively redeploy master images.

10.) VM’s aren’t free, how do I get my users to understand this?

Every VMware administrator I speak with seems to be frustrated with the issue of vmware sprawl. A couple companies have released tools that can actually tie resource utilization and consumption to a dollar value. “Chargeback” seems to send everyone running but “Cost Visibility” is a term that provides knowledge into an area that wasn’t attainable before.

11.) Why should I consider a SAN for a virtualized environment?

SAN technology provides storage that is uncoupled from servers and is attached directly to the network. By leveraging storage on the network, SANs enable highly scalable and flexible storage resources allocation, high efficiency backup solutions, and better storage utilization.

12.) What’s better for my virtual environment, an iSCSI or Fiber Channel SAN?

A simple comparison of ISCSI Vs Fibre Channel SANs will tell us that ISCSI is preferred over Fibre Channel and outperforms Fiber Channel (Fibre Channel) SANs when using small and mid-range servers with limited data transfers. Fiber Channel (Fibre Channel) SANs are better when compared to ISCSI storage area networks when large database transfers and huge Input/output operations are involved. However, the ISCSI storage area network technologies are improving and will soon be available to handle the high Input/Output operations of database transfers that are currently better handled by Fiber Channel (Fibre Channel) SANs in comparison.

13.) What are the benefits of blade servers in a virtualized datacenter?

IT organizations required to do more with less are saying why do I need this? Can’t I consolidate into fewer servers, take up less space and use less power? When blades and virtualization are used together as part of a revamping implementation project, they deliver a lot of value, both for the effort required in the implementation and for the hardware and software dollars spent.

14.) What is “server sprawl” and how can I manage it?

It’s a costly expense waste of valuable resources caused by the uncontrolled allocation of VM’s within an environment. There are several tools out in the marketplace that provide lifecycle management and or visibility into your current environment to identify VM sprawl.