You’ve been asked to head up the first virtualization project for your company, and everyone has high expectations that it will deliver great returns and efficiencies. Who wouldn’t want to consolidate all those servers at 5% utilization into fewer boxes? But virtualization can have unforeseen consequences if not well planned, like acceptable utilization but poor response times, or a consolidated environment that cannot support the growth demands of the business. The worst case, of course, is a virtualized environment that performs so poorly that it negatively impacts today’s or tomorrow’s business.
So is virtualization worth the effort? It can be very rewarding if done right. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you get started with a virtualization project.