How has virtual server sprawl, from machines to change control issues, affected you?

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I think the biggest issue is security. It is so easy to clone a virtual machine it can be hard to keep track of what machines are still needed and which ones arent. We have tried to stay on top of it and are looking at some vendors who offer solutions to keep track of it all.

The biggest impact it has had is in terms of forcing an all new territory battle :)
Apart from that, managing the growth isnt easy if there are no defined directives. So that is essential, basically, anyone should be able to point to a policy doc and say, yes, you can create a new vm, or no, you cannot.

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  • Virtual101
    a solution that can help with unauthorised VMs being run is VirtualIQ Pro which has the ability to provide naming policies, for example, if all the VMs are named *ctx.8h* for example, any VM being run that doesnt match the naming policy will not be able to run ..... also in terms of Virtual Server Sprawl, this is one way to prevent unauthorised machines but VIQ Pro also has a dashboard that enable you to see the most used and underused VMs or Hosts, meaning you have the ability to shut down VMs/Hosts thhat are using resource when they dont even need to be running which is obviously a drain in resources. VIQ is also Hypervisor agnostic meaning these features work for VMware, XenServer, Hyper-V etc so should work on whatever Hypervisor you are running. They even give away a FREE fully functional 5CPU license for you to try, once you try it, organisations can never live without it check them out and retrieve the free license at
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  • AlexEvolven
    The main challenge we see is maintaining an effective configuration management effort in a virtual environment is managing dynamic change at breakneck speeds. One of the primary value propositions of virtualization is the ability to dynamically provision and de-provision servers based on demand. This goes well beyond the ability to quickly add or remove environments. With this level of automation you need to be very aware of what is happening in environments in order to manage change. “The IT processes that an organization has developed for years are generally not set up for 'speed' and rapid change. Asset management, configuration management, performance management, and capacity planning all must be modified and must embrace a much more dynamic environment. Gartner has encountered many organizations that have virtualized too far, too fast. Their management tools and processes did not keep up, and the result was increased, rather than decreased, complexity - speed led to virtualization sprawl. Check out: 5 Reasons Why Virtualization Could Turn into a Nightmare Without Configuration Management Best, Alex Gutman Technology Evangelist Evolven Software, Inc. alexg@evolven.com
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