The Importance of Preventing VM Sprawl in Enterprise Environments

VirtualizationVirtualization helps business enterprises to become more efficient because it allows them to rapidly deploy new instances of operating systems such as Windows.  There is no doubt that being able to commission a new server in only hours instead of days or even weeks is a productivity benefit, but in one sense at least, it is also a double-edged sword.  Because it is so quick and easy to create new virtual machines (VMs), organizations have begun to experience a phenomenon known as VM sprawl. 

This term generally refers to the creation of new VMs without regard to an overall plan or design for the network or infrastructure used in the enterprise.  VM sprawl is a challenge for organizations because all of these VMs can drain resources needed for high-priority workflow, using it instead of relatively low-priority tasks.  To the employees who may have created the VMs in question, of course, their work is not low priority.  When compared to the overall competencies and business goals of the enterprise, however, it may be.  This is a decision that management can undertake.

Avoiding VM Sprawl

The growth of virtualization in a workplace does not have to proceed without restraint.  When IT services are delivered by a managed program provider, like iCorps, controls can be put into place that make sure that only authorized personnel have the ability to create VMs on the system.  This will prevent ordinary users from creating them without regard for the greater computing needs of the enterprise as a whole. A managed program provider can also help you create a plan for your IT environment that accounts for growth when it is required and helps prevent inefficiencies like VM sprawl. Contact iCorps at 1-888-642-6484 for more details!


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