So you’re tasked with planning you organization’s cloud environment. You have sized your cloud environment and you’re ready to plan your virtualization strategy. Chances are you fit into one of IDC’s five levels of infrastructure convergence maturity:
- Traditional and compartmentalized (level 1) – The organization has only begun to initiate convergence.
- Standardized and optimized (levels 2 and 3) – Many best practices in convergence have been implemented but the organization is just beginning to realize benefits such as lower infrastructure costs and IT productivity improvements.
- Automated and adaptively sourced (levels 4 and 5) – The organization has optimized its IT infrastructure as far as possible given currently available technology. It is now technically capable of offering private cloud services.
No matter what stage you are at, we can all agree that virtualization ain’t easy. Why? Because once you examine your needs, size the environment, look at your applications, begin to virtualize and gauge performance you may run into three common problems where you find: