Getting Virtualization Right-
One thing that is currently lagging in virtualized environments is a good chargeback mechanism. In the era of running workloads on individual physical systems, chargeback was fairly straightforward. In the virtualization era, chargeback is going to take on a whole new level of importance. Groups that may have been willing to pay for servers reserved for their exclusive use will likely want a different price structure when sharing the physical resource with different parts of the organization.
In my story about managing virtualization, I recommend some ways that IT managers can tame existing server sprawl. This sprawl can be avoided altogether at companies just beginning or planning a server virtualization if the following steps are taken.
By Cameron Sturdevant