Tips for overcoming virtual environment challenges

Most experts agree that virtualization and cloud computing are the future for enterprise businesses. But the fact remains that there are challenges every organization will face. Hurdles such as questionable ROIs and resistance to change will always exist. Today we’re going to look at challenges which the IT department will initially have to deal with.

IT taking on the responsibility of a cloud vendor

virtualizationchallengesfeatureNo matter how hard a company tries there will be some point during migration to the cloud where the IT department will experience a lack of know-how for handling a virtualization. Configurations for linking local to virtual servers, connecting employee applications to their virtual back ends and other functionalities will require the IT department to take on some of the roles of SaaS and cloud vendors. Also, handling spikes in demand for the same resource during crunch time will need to be managed, which can even be a challenge for cloud service providers.

IT team members will need to be trained and ready to handle the cloud environment. Alongside them, line managers will also need to be educated about virtualization, and what to expect when it comes to migrating to the virtual environment.

Infrastructure uniformity with virtualization

Many people talk about the cloud with market leaders such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in mind. Enterprise businesses migrating to a virtual environment may have picked modules which they required from various vendors, making their virtualization structure not ideally uniform. Even if the initial plan was well structured, server configurations are often modified to suit the changing needs of the organization.

With virtualization, as various pieces of the virtual environment fit together over time, the integrating and stability of the entire system will need to be reviewed and constantly adjusted. It may also be a good idea to select all modules from the same vendor to make integration smoother.

Successful linking from applications to the cloud

Ensuring that the entire virtual environment, from application frontends installed on user systems to hardware requirements in the cloud, fit seamlessly together is a virtualization challenge by itself. A virtual environment which is not completely integrated will cause a decrease in the ROI. This challenge will also make it difficult to assess the true potential of cloud migration of the overall system.

A forecasted analysis of current and future virtual hardware requirements can help a business know what to expect in the future. This can decrease the amount and frequency of adjustments required to virtually host your business’s applications.

Virtualization security configurations

One of the primary reasons for migrating to the cloud and leveraging virtualization is the added cloud security benefits. However, these benefits will only manifest if the applications and its server are being used as intended by the developer. If however, any of the settings are modified as compared to how they were originally intended, security configurations will have to be updated accordingly. If they aren’t, the integrity of security for the organization’s virtual system will be in question.

Overcoming these challenges will probably involve more virtual solutions. Services which analyze problems in configurations, maximize resource utilization and identify potential security threats will need to be implemented. Have you used any virtual services to help your business with the challenges above?

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