Monitor, Manage, Report

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-02-12 Print this article Print


Monitor, Manage, Report

Implement a system management platform that can integrate with your chosen virtualization platform(s).

Virtual systems share physical resources that were never shared in the one  physical server/one application model. From the beginning of a virtualization project, it's important to understand how to correlate physical system performance with the hosted machines running on the physical resource.

Monitor the tempo of VM creation to see if auditing intervals are frequent enough. It may be prudent to increase compliance audit frequency in response to rapid VM deployment.

Requests for capacity planning forecasts are an inevitable outgrowth of successful virtualization projects. In organizations where virtualization evolves from "great to have" to "standard operating procedure," IT managers will have to accurately measure the amount of physical resources needed to host the expected increase in virtual infrastructure requirements. Only management systems that track utilization over time will be able to provide reasonable metrics for sizing future IT hardware requirements.

Maturing virtualization infrastructures that have been in place for two or three years will increasingly be measured against a performance yardstick that disallows infrastructure management mistakes. Today, there is still a halo glow around wringing huge productivity gains from existing hardware. Tomorrow, it will be expected, and downtime caused by uncontrolled virtual infrastructure sprawl will be a mark against IT.

Technical Director Cameron Sturdevant can be reached at


Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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