Server virtualization isn’t just for big companies. Entry-level virtualization tools are free or low-cost, and there are many benefits to virtualization (including saving money). It’s not a question of “if” you should virtualize your servers; it’s a question of “when.”
Step 1: Verify your motivation for going virtual
Most likely you will have to justify the reason to virtualize to a manager or a "C" level executive. Even if you don’t have to do that, you should be able to answer the “why” question for yourself with an answer that’s more concrete that “because it’s the next big thing.”
Step 2: Evaluate a virtualized solution
When selecting the right virtualization solution for your company, consider the following:
- Don’t choose the “newest” or “cheapest” solution just because they are new and inexpensive.
- Look for a solution that has been around for a long period of time to ensure the technology has been tested with a variety of applications.
- Look for a solution that has been proven in productiveIT environments.
- Choose a solution that offers flexibility and options to fit the needs of your company.