The modern IT Administrators have conflicting priorities. The overarching challenge in the cloud era is supporting business need for speed and agility, while maintaining control and reducing IT costs. The IT departments of growing companies must quickly adopt new technology, but minimize technical debt. They must be strategic and focus on business objectives, but maintain operational excellence; encourage innovation, but stay secure and maintain compliance.

There are many choices in the cloud era. Most Software-Defined Data Centers will be a hybrid solution. The workloads will be a mix of traditional and modern application architectures. They will be provisioned in an increasingly virtualized mix of physical and virtual environments managed both on-site and in public clouds.

We have 5 recommendations for making better virtualization Choices

Recommendation #1:

Expand your View

Understand the dynamic (and dependent) relationships between configuration, capacity, performance and applications.

IT professionals today are responsible for managing virtualization 63%

Recommendation #2:

Learn how to deal with new problems

It is inevitable that virtualization will add new concepts to learn, which can affect your updated environment in different ways, so be prepared.

Nearly 80% of virtual environments are growing at a rate of 10-50 VMS per year. 80%

Recommendation #3:

Get educated and become certified

In 2015, becoming educated is easy and there are many ways out there to do so, such as books, blogs, webinars, videos, etc.

Virtualization can create a lot of challenges that need to be managed. Respondents cited performance bottlenecks, capacity planning and storage I/O issues among the top challenges.

When looking at private vs. public clouds: 39% of IT professionals have adopted a private cloud, while 15.4% use a mixture of the two. Only 3.3% are deploying a public cloud while 42.3% use neither.

Public, Private or Hybrid cloud?
Public 3.3%
Private 39%
Hybrid 15.4%
CentraCom can help you find the solutions that best meets your company's requirements.

Recommendation #4:

Find new management tools

Newer, updated tools will understand both the virtualization layer and the quest OS layer to provide you with all the right information you need to effectively manage both your host and virtual machines.

What percentage of environments are virtualized?

50% of IT professionals polled said they have virtualized at least 1/3 of their environment.

0–10% 25.9%
11–30% 21.1%
31–50% 17.7%
51–70% 15.6%
71–90% 12.2%
91–100% 7.5%

Recommendation #5:

Experiment with the cloud

Walk before you run. Start slow, be methodical and educate yourself on the new concepts, new technologies and new management systems that are available.

* The findings are supported by a Solor Winds-sponsored survey sent to nearly 1000 IT professionals, resulting in 120 completed surveys.