While many businesses jump at virtualization only to wind up unsure of the next step, the right planning can propel your efforts forward. As virtualization evolves rapidly, expect your organization to have an evolving relationship with virtual technologies and needs.
Here’s a look at three actions to take while pondering the future of your virtual strategies.
Create a plan for VM lifecycle management
When companies begin virtualization, the seemingly limitless expanse of the cloud can make proliferation so very easy. With virtual machines in particular, the freedom of creating files rather than buying or leasing physical machines can lead to a stable of VMs that will take up too much memory and hosting resources over time.
Avoid the trap of thinking that virtualization is without limits. VMs will need to be cataloged and managed over time—and eventually retired. Your strategy must address a system by which staff will periodically re-evaluate and delete VMs when necessary.
Choose backup strategies that suit your needs
In the quest for speed and agility while virtualizing, do not neglect the need for data protection policies that meet your new software’s needs. You are not simply changing software; you are switching to a new environment with new possibilities and risks that can affect whether you have the right protection processes in place.
Make sure that you find backup methods that meet your performance and compliance needs in the cloud. If virtualization is enabling growth and development in your organization, you may need stricter protection than before.
Place value on disaster recovery
With widespread virtualization, more businesses and clients have increasing expectations of high uptime and complete data availability. Many businesses need to elevate their prioritization of disaster recovery.
Options for data replication and failover systems are revolutionizing the market for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). If your organization has previously viewed DR as an unnecessary luxury or simply too expensive to be cost-effective, consider taking a second look. Carrying DRaaS may well be more efficient and necessary thanks to current technologies.
As you make plans for the future and attempt to wrangle the cloud services you already have, be sure to have strategies to optimize and secure your virtualized systems. Reach out to us if you have questions about how to move forward with cloud.