Virtualization in Linux environments: The Penguin wants to play.

While it’s true almost everyone is gung-ho about the benefits of virtualization these days, many organizations end up missing the boat on maximizing its greatest benefits – increased server utilization and consolidated workloads, lower energy costs, increased flexibility and easier system management.

 Why? Maybe because they view virtualization as a magic bullet to solving all their hardware and computing problems. It’s not. And it turns out whether you’re virtualizing a Linux environment or any other, there are steps to take, best practices to follow and pitfalls to be wary of to ensure virtualization implementation and ongoing management run smoothly.’s Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier offers a wealth of common sense suggestions –ones that are often overlooked or taken for granted – here and here to help you virtualize successfully in Linux environments:

 Define your goal, perform and inventory and set up a roadmap: Understand what you want to accomplish, have a well-defined set of goals, identify hardware that will be freed up or phased out, and come up with a detailed requirements document that outlines the hardware you’ll need, as well as storage, management and possible solutions. A lot of this may elicit a ‘duh,’ but issues later can often be traced back to insufficient planning and goal-setting early on.

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