‘Cloud’ and ‘Virtualization’ are two buzzwords in the industry today, that are attracting a lot of attention by IT professionals. With large conglomerates looking at these solutions to achieve better efficiency and ease of operations, many great success stories are emerging out of these experiences. Small and medium business are also hoping for some magic with the help of these latest technologies. However, SMEs have different requirements, strategies and their general ecosystem greatly differs from that of a large enterprise. Getting a VMware Training will probably acquaint you with every aspect of virtualized environments, but you must know what you’re getting into before taking the plunge.
Here are a few tips and considerations on virtualization for SMEs:
Choose Right: Understand which vSphere solution is the right one for your business. Before investing a huge sum on a VMware deployment, make sure that you’re choosing a licensing model that best fits your requirements.
Virtualization or Cloud?: Whether your operations will flourish under the cloud model or an internally managed virtual infrastructure, depends on your business needs, specifically the level of IT security, resource and allocation control, and support for bandwidth intensive applications required.
Budget Constraints: Budgeting issues will force you to think beyond VMware where Microsoft Hyper-V suddenly seems an attractively plausible solution. However, it doesn’t mean that your business will gain the most value out of it. Weigh all possible solutions carefully, not just relying on the cost factor.
Backup Strategy: Back up strategy for a small or medium business will be distinct from a corporate strategy, therefore, SMBs need to work out which tools and techniques for back up will work for them.
Use Free Tools: There are various free management tools available for monitoring, reporting and configuring which can be used by SMB firms to factor the cost.
Taking care of these little things before you leap ahead will help you maximize the value of your virtual deployments.