Virtualization Investigate

The Infrastructure Management Challenges Associated With Virtual Servers

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Executive Summary

Although virtualization is important to IT organizations, it certainly isn't new: IT organizations have been implementing virtualized technologies such as Virtual LANs (VLANs) and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for at least 20 years. Most of the current interest in virtualization revolves around virtual servers. Although many benefits are associated with virtual servers, there are also some significant management challenges. The goal of this Special Brief is to briefly outline server virtualization for the infrastructure management professional, identify the associated management challenges and suggest functionality that IT organizations should implement so that they have the same visibility and control over their virtual server environment that they currently have over their physical server environment.

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