Virtualization Technology: Virtual Machine Ghosts Multiply: How to Exorcise them from the Data Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-28 Print this article Print
Virtual Machine Ghosts Multiply: How to Exorcise them from the Data Center

Virtual Machine Ghosts Multiply: How to Exorcise them from the Data Center

by Chris Preimesberger
A group of Hewlett-Packard's staff members, coordinated by Nick van der Zweep, director of Industry Standard Servers and Software at HP, have created created a list of strategies they contend can rid a data center of "virtual machine ghosts." A virtual ghost is a VM that has been created, may or may not have run an application, and then was either forgotten about, marginalized, or abandoned. This is happening more often than many people think, due mainly to the unending pileup of data to be processed in data centers. New management software has made it much easier to create VMs, which has unleashed this "paranormal activity." Often these VMs are created in batches, which doesn't help mitigate the ghost issue. These masked resources are left to lurk in the data center. Now HP contends that they scare IT administrators with the amount of time required to manage them and money that they bleed from the budget. They contribute mightily to the growing concern about IT sprawl, which prevents companies from keeping up with their business requirements and making the most of their current investments.??í
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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