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Virtualization: Best Practices for Preventing VM Sprawl

Industry experts agree that implementing virtualization without good management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place. While organizations and IT staff do see the many benefits of implementing virtualization, the challenge of controlling virtual infrastructures is quickly rising as a top management priority. According to a Gartner survey, Virtual Machine (VM) "sprawl" is a major concern that appears to lack a comprehensive solution (Virtualization Needs and Trends, Cameron Haight, 29 August 2007).

This webinar will look at sources of VM sprawl and investigate the dangers inherent in a sprawl condition. It will focus on best practices for preventing VM sprawl and for establishing and maintaining control of virtualized environments.

The presenter, Anil Desai, draws on his past experience as a data center manager who has successfully managed environments of thousands of virtual machines as well as his books on this subject to outline a series of best practices aimed at maintaining control of your virtual machines, no matter how many you have.


Anil Desai Independent consultant Anil Desai, an independent consultant based in Austin, TX, specializes in evaluating, implementing, and managing IT solutions. He has worked with Microsoft's Server products, the .NET development platform and managed environments that support thousands of virtual machines. Anil holds numerous certifications and is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server - Virtualization). He is the author of technical books on the Windows Server Platform, Virtualization, Active Directory, SQL Server, and IT management. Anthony Mar Product Manager, Embotics Anthony Mar is a product manager at Embotics. In over 10 years of combined experience managing and marketing application development software and telecom and datacom management software, his interests have concentrated on delivering high availability hardware, software and environments to customers around the world.
Feb 19, 2008, 12:00 EST (17:00 GMT)

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