The Essentials Series: Managing Workloads in a Virtual Environment

by Jaime Halscott


The Essentials Series: Managing Workloads in a Virtual Environment explores the current trends in virtualization, from migration to a virtual infrastructure to trends in virtual data centers. The series discusses the migration process and what to look for in tools for performing migrations. In the second part, the changes to disaster recovery from a physical server to a virtual server are analyzed. The final part of the series expounds upon how these technologies are converging in the next generation virtual data center.


Article 1: Server Consolidation to a Virtual World

Server consolidation isn’t a new trend, but the application of server consolidation to virtualization has opened up a new world of opportunities for increased productivity and decreased costs. In this article, we look at the processes and reasons for consolidating servers from a physical platform to a virtual one. Whether businesses are looking for consolidation as a solution for portability, stability or cost savings, this article outlines both how and why consolidation to a virtual server infrastructure is the future of business computing.

Article 2: Virtual Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is a challenge for organizations of all sizes. The transition from physical servers to virtual servers has introduced new ways of providing recovery and business continuity. In this article, we explain the problems with traditional disaster recovery options and new approaches that bring greater flexibility and lower costs to this process.

Article 3: The Next Generation Virtual Data Center

The growing trend toward virtualization has enabled businesses to explore enterprise virtualization options. In this article, we look at the trends in adapting virtual server technologies to create a virtual data center. The tools used to build a virtual data center can be complex and in this part we explore what to look for when making the transition.