From The Director of Network Infrastructure at Ipswitch

Stephan Dalgar

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If you are reading this article, chances are that you are one of the 50% of x86 architectures that (according to Gartner) will be running in virtual machines by 2012. Organizations of all sizes are exploring virtualization because it enables them to increase server utilization and reduce hardware costs and complexity, as well as the overall total cost of ownership. Here at Ipswitch we haven't purchased a single server in almost three years now, so we are going to walk you through the steps that we have taken to build and manage our internal cloud. As a full disclosure, we are the makers of WhatsUp Gold, a suite of IT management solutions, but the checklist and tips that we are sharing in this article are vendor-neutral. Prep Word: Know your infrastructure, so you can identify what to virtualize Proper planning is an essential part of any virtualization deployment. It's... (more)