Virtualization is a great way for businesses of all shapes and sizes to take advantage of the burgeoning atmosphere and abilities of the cloud. By migrating all or part of their physical server load to a VPS offering or a private cloud, companies stand to save a great deal of time and money, and can often reduce their overall IT needs. With advancements come pitfalls, however, and companies must be aware of a number of common problems that can arise when they make the switch to a virtual environment. Knowing what to expect, IT departments can avoid some issues that are prone to crop up.
First and foremost in the mind of any company that is moving to a virtual option should be security. Businesses will often have best practices and plans in place at a local level to ensure compliance and security and prevent data loss, but many throw them out as soon as they make the move to cloud-hosted options – and they shouldn’t. The same thing applies to security budgets – just because the cost of services are lower, this doesn’t mean that budgets should shrink as well.
Companies also tend to underestimate the amount of space they will need, leading to virtual machine sprawl in the same way that physical servers often do. While this will not take up more physical space for a company, it can lead to higher costs for storage, slower response times for data retrieval and a greater possibility for the fragmentation of data over new and oftentimes useless virtual machines.
By taking the time to anticipate problems before they occur and deal effectively with new issues that arise, companies can make the best use of their VMs from day one.