Along with virtualization options have come a number of problems that almost every client of the service – big or small – will experience. While virtualization of storage data and PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS options can be both cost effective and efficient, there are several issues related to the increasing number of virtual servers that are now becoming a serious problem, the most important of which are virtual sprawl and I/O usage problems. While there are as yet no hard and fast solutions to deal with these problems, one of the most common and increasingly popular ways to address them is with the use of management toolsets that allow companies greater control over their data and how it is managed in order to better streamline their processes.
With $877 million spent on virtualized CPUs in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 36 percent from the previous year, it’s clear that virtualization is not only coming in strong but is here to stay. Unfortunately, this greater amount of servers means more fragmented data, data that is spread across multiple hosts and servers that have I/O allocation issues preventing them from efficiently backing up data or that will bottleneck at inopportune moments.
Now, management toolsets are being developed with a greater range of functionalities in order to allow local IT a greater ability to not only store but manage their data, and take advantage of some of the new hypervisor features that are being introduced. Just as with physical servers, there is a great need for management of virtual servers in order to ensure that they do not sprawl too greatly and that the efficiency gains they provide continue to pay off even as more data is saved and storage amounts increase.