Finding the right balance between what we, as IT managers, would like for our IT infrastructure and what our budget can justify is a perennial problem. In this article we explore how to get the high performing virtualized server environment that you want at a cost that your finance director will be comfortable with.
The pressure is on
When you are building the business case for a virtualization project you will be under pressure to deliver this project to the best value budget available. This means that you will be looking for methods to reduce cost of the project. Often this will be achieved by reducing the specification of the hardware, or choosing a non-preferred manufacturer for components of the project. The choices that you make regarding your storage and server technology can have an impact on the overall performance of the virtualized server environment; and what may be a cost reduction now could mean a requirement to increase budget in the future.
Still problems even with a great virtualization business case
Even with that solid business case, you could still be under pressure to reduce the overall project expenditure, particularly with the Capex elements of the project. Before you work with your service provider to trim the specifications of the proposal there are a number of things that you should remember first. With the right planning and appropriate storage choices you could get the virtualisation project you want within a budget that your finance team will be happy with.
Storage decisions, four great tips
Here are some of our tips to help you bring in your virtualisation project in budget without compromising on performance.
- Prioritise your storage
The first step of any virtualization project is to plan which servers and infrastructure will be virtualized. Taking a detailed inventory of your entire server estate, complete with server and application performance will help you prioritise the type of storage you choose.
- Use ‘thin provisioning’…