3 Things to consider with virtualization

3 Things to consider with virtualization

Virtualization can help boost operational efficiencies like never before, but you have to understand that the benefits aren’t always immediate. As with anything IT, the price to pay for perks is proper setup and fastidious implementation. Here are a few concerns you need to address before virtualizing your infrastructure.

Backup

Incorporating a robust backup system in a virtualized setting can become a huge challenge. You’d have to determine which data you want to store and how often it should be backed up. You would then have to decide whether you should back up all your virtual machines or just some vital ones that have important apps and data.

In any case, you’ll be caught in a grueling battle because of the overwhelming amount of data that needs to be backed up. The only way to overcome this is to integrate a powerful backup-to-disk solution offered by a reputable managed IT services provider (MSP).

Security

Security concerns are more complicated in a virtualized setting since you have to monitor security on two tiers, namely virtual machine security and physical host security.

Compromised physical host security will affect every virtual machine running on that particular host server. Meanwhile, a compromised virtual machine will disrupt the physical server and affect every virtual machine residing on the same host. To address this problem, you need to set up strong network defenses — including firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, antivirus software, and virtual machine security tools — and a hardened physical security system in the form of surveillance cameras, locks, biometric scans, and security guards. Of course, if you don’t have the funds to set these up, it may make more sense to leave it to a security-conscious MSP.

Monitoring

Since your team has to oversee both virtual machines and physical servers to ensure that you have a fully operational environment, it does have a few pain points.

First, running a monitoring software on the physical host server will likely impact the virtual machines’ performance since it takes up valuable processing power and memory. That means you’ll need to compute the resources used by your monitoring software and make sure they’re not consuming too much from your physical host server.

Second, keeping tabs on your virtual machines and making sure they’re secure and running at all times comprise a full-time job. So unless you have a team of professionals in-house, you’ll definitely need some help from the outside.

Without a doubt, virtualization brings a lot of benefits to the table, but you have to know how it affects every aspect of your business — particularly issues involved in management. Let us show you how you can use it to its full potential. Just give us a call today!

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Doug Renner

Principal Consultant

Doug Renner is a veteran of both business and the information technology industry. His most recent endeavor was founding Peak IP Solutions where he started the company in 2004 and led it for 14 years. Peak IP Solutions grew rapidly from inception to over $13MM in annual sales in just six years. They were recognized by CRN Magazine in the NextGen 250 category as a leader in the VAR/MSP space. Major partnerships with Cisco, VMware, Veeam, HP, InfoBlox and others helped drive the businesses growth in sales along with steady growth in their Security, Voice, and Network Managed Services solutions. In March of 2018, Telcion Communications Group acquired Peak IP Solutions. Doug has held many certifications over the years beginning with his Microsoft MCP on Windows NT 3.5. In 2000 Doug started working for Cisco where he earned several Routing, Design, Voice, Security and Data Center certifications. Currently Doug is working with Telcion to transition clients and business aspects. He continues to enjoy the technology and supports projects in the Bay Area geography. Doug enjoys time with his wife and two daughters, driving and camping in Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro campers, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking Investing, and walking Abbi, the family’s Australian Shepherd.