It is important that you begin to recognize and deal with VM sprawl. Now that you are consolidating servers, do you have a plan to manage the ever-growing number of virtual machines on your network?


As many companies have moved toward virtualization in the last 24 months, virtual machine (VM) sprawl is becoming a common issue that needs to be addressed. As the technology gets easier to implement, it seems that virtual machines are deployed faster than an IT department can manage them. And as a result, uncontrollable growth of virtual machines grow faster than plankton in the water. In order to manage VM sprawl effectively, it is important to analyze your entire infrastructure, enforce policies, and create a centralized point of management.

In order to effectively manage VM sprawl, analyze your infrastructure to determine how many virtual machines you are running. Many people call this a compliance audit, and it usually sends the IT administrators into a panic. This type of audit can be done via third-party software or by a manual check of how many virtual machines are running. Once this number is determined, you can begin to create policies to keep VM sprawl from getting out of control.

If you don’t control sprawl, you might use up all your host resources before you know it and also create bottlenecks that might reduce the performance of all your VMs. Tight control of your virtual environment is the key to limiting the growth of virtual machines.

How are you handling VM sprawl?