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About Virtualisation management and strategy

Once you've picked your virtualisation platform then the true challenges begin. Whether your data centre is expanding a virtualisation deployment or just beginning to delve into virtualisation technologies, you need a solid virtualisation strategy to manage these complex, ever-changing, virtualized systems. Your virtualisation strategy needs to encompass tools for monitoring, tracking virtual machines and troubleshooting virtual servers and tools to perform physical-to-virtual, virtual to-physical and virtual-to-virtual (P2V, V2P, V2V) server migrations, as well as backup, recovery and business continuity technologies to prevent data centre downtime and to ensure better virtual machine performance. You also need to consider virtual server sprawl and server consolidation strategies as well as tools for virtual machine security. This section offers virtualisation management news, technical advice, vendor comparisons and practical how-to information on creating a well-managed virtualisation environment. We compare virtualisation platforms, native and third-party management tools for virtual environments and offer advice on how to construct a virtualisation environment based on your data centre requirements and company's needs.