Transitioning to a Virtualized Environment
Once business enterprises have decided to make the leap to a virtualized computing environment, the first step that needs to be implemented is the creation of a virtualization layer for the network. This can be accomplished with any one of several products now on the market - among them VMware, which has won several dozen industry awards for its ease of use and seamless integration. After establishing the virtualization layer, what remains is to transition workloads away from physical servers and onto the new virtual servers now available. Such a transition is often abbreviated as P2V.
One important advantage P2V transitions is that they allow for the consolidation of physical servers. This results from the fact that several virtual servers can reside on the same physical machine, lowering business costs while still offering the benefits of separate servers for different departments or projects.
Other Necessary Transitions
There are other transitions that may become necessary in a virtualized environment. Virtual workloads themselves may sometimes need to be transitioned from a specific platform onto a different one as operating systems are updated to new versions or in some cases, switched over to completely different ones that suits the enterprise needs better. These purely virtualized transitions are often known as V2V.
Less commonly utilized, but still sometimes necessary, is a transition from a virtual server back to a physical machine. Robust virtualization software implemented as part of a managed IT services model will allow and assist in such a reverse transition, also known as V2P, when it is called for. A competent IT consulting firm can help with any of these transitions and more!