Migrating to a virtualized environment enables tremendous improvements in data center productivity and flexibility. While virtualization significantly increases computing power utilization it also unfolds some challenges. Analyst studies rate Capacity planning as the top challenge of IT in the modern data center. Just to zoom into this challenge - one of the more complex tasks in any virtualization project is recognizing the best candidates for P2V migrations and correctly mixing their workloads into the new virtualization hosts. These challenges make the discipline of Capacity Management a core competency in IT management more critical than ever. Whether you have formalized processes or not - it is vital that you be able to optimize the datacenter from a Capacity Management perspective.
One must follow a sequence of steps to achieve the promise of virtualization – that is reduce costs, improve efficiency and utilization – they can be summarized as follows:
• Virtualize the right servers to minimize risk and improve operational efficiency
• Avoid over-provisioning and server sprawl
• Optimize the placements of workloads and virtual machines
With BMC Capacity Management solutions – you can do just that! IT administrators can easily identify good and bad candidates for virtualization, their optimum placement on a physical host, and the number of virtual machines per physical host. Accurate predictive analysis identifies future needs and when to shift workloads from one physical server to another to avoid disruption of critical systems in the new virtualized modern data center. Hear first hand on how Dell has addressed the challenges posed by virtualization using BMC Capacity Management solutions: Dell Reduces Trouble Tickets Four-fold with BMC