Overcoming the fear of virtualisation

The survey which found ‘Virtualisation uptake dogged by backup and recovery concerns’ is not surprising but the fears it highlights should be unwarrented.


I’m not surprised by the survey results conducted by Veeam about ‘Virtualisation uptake dogged by backup and recovery concerns’.

If you ask most people if they would change the way they manage and deploy critical processes, most would have some form of reservation. It’s human nature both to be wary of the new, and reluctant to change things that work (however inefficient or costly they may be).

So it turns out that IT departments are still fearful of jumping into virtualiation due to backup and recovery worries.  No doubt these areas are critical to the business so should not be jeopardised; but virtualisation should not be looked at as a risk. As with most areas of technology, it’s only dangerous if it is done without thought and planning, or is badly managed.

The fear of perceived risks (and I use that word deliberately) should not be a reason for inertia. The casualties of inaction are innovation and progress – so where does the true risk lie? Most would say in standing still and failing to recognise the benefits that new technologies and ways of working can bring.

The real danger here is not in the act of virtualising critical workloads – it’s in failing to plan a virtualisation strategy adequately.

Those embarking on virtualisation should not be concerned about its challenges of managing an array of different environments. These risks can be removed using the right tools, such as intelligent automation. Using such could mean better, more effective management which in turn ensures you retain complete control over your virtualised world.  Smart decisions can be taken at the right time and in the right context so an automated approach translates to improved throughput, greater accuracy, fewer errors and reduced risk.

My two top tips, therefore, in developing a plan for deploying virtual environments are:

  • Ensure that management and automation of mission-critical business applications as well as IT infrastructure technologies are all included in the plan
  •  Procedures need to be agreed in order to maximise the benefits of consolidating to a virtualised platform and mitigate potential business risks across a landscape that has become abstract - failure to do so will impact the success of projects and dilute the value of a virtualisation strategy.

Moving into a virtual world is a big step, but it doesn’t have to be scary or bring uncomfortable levels of risk. Software automation can manage multiple servers and standardise the model for backups all across the different environments.  

Putting technology to work by allowing it to analyse resource utilisation and respond instantaneously, provisioning extra capacity in a virtualised environment, enhances productivity and throughput. It’s a simple step which can bring major benefits, and is tried and tested in other areas of the technology infrastructure. Why it should be different for virtualisation is beyond me – it’s just sound business practice.

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