One of the biggest benefits driving virtualization is the ability to save organizations' money on infrastructure costs. According to a report from TechNavio, the global virtualization and cloud management software market was worth $11.24 billion in 2014, and analysts expect it to increase to $22.42 billion by 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of 14.81 percent.
Is your organization considering the transition to a virtual environment? Below we've compiled a list of five best practices for virtualization to help you get started:
- Plan resource allocation for now and for the future
Failing to make a thorough plan before you begin the migration to virtual environments can result in many headaches and frustration. You may need a certain amount of memory, storage or network bandwidth now, wrote TechRepublic contributor Scott Matteson, but what about in two or three years? Future planning by monitoring your resource utilization before, during and after the migration is going to be your best friend in this area.
- Pay attention to details
Understanding your existing infrastructure is key to implementing a virtual desktop solution. Reviewing the storage, desktop user and physical desktop environments can go a long way toward choosing a VDI solution. Ask questions like, “Who are the non-employee users that need to have access to this environment?” and, “What data do I want to migrate?”
- Be selective when choosing a VDI solution
According to Forsythe's Christopher Campbell, Gary Brown and Nik Gibson, it's important to consider all of the major architectural options for your VDI solution and to map desktop delivery options. Which one is going to best meet your business and IT needs? What is the impact on the network, security and performance? It is also vital to check hardware compatibility to be sure the solution you choose can be utilized with your existing infrastructure. Choosing a solution that works with your current equipment can help cut implementation costs.
- Have a backup strategy
The nice thing about a virtual environment is that you are able to easily create a virtual hard disk file which can be copied and stored as a traditional means of backup. However, in today's ever-changing world of technology, having a traditional backup solution alone is no longer adequate, especially if your VDI solution allows for user personalization.An article by TechTarget suggests to take a representative sampling when backing up your VDI. This will allow you to back up at least one session host as well as the configuration settings and database pools. The article recommends that organizations determine a backup strategy that works best based on their desktop architecture rather than deploying a standard backup plan.
- Choose the right technology partner
Virtualizing your environment can be time consuming and, without the right internal resources, can seem like a daunting task. Partnering with a technology solutions provider such as Pinnacle can be a huge advantage, as they can provide access to the latest virtualization technologies. They are also able to assist organizations with their migration needs while minimizing disruptions to day-to-day business operations. A skilled technology partner can help clearly define the parameters of the migration and develop a concise plan to achieve a seamless transition.
If you are looking for a technology partner to help you with your VDI migration, contact Pinnacle, An Advanced Imaging Solutions Company today.