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Virtualization Assessment Tools?

I don't fully agree with everything he says but do agree with this though:

The holy trinity of business, as cliche as it may sound, is comprised of people. processes, and technology. It is no coincidence that "technology" is last in that phrase. Most in my profession would say it's technology, period, end of story and that people and (god forbid they actually remember) processes are something that should just conform to technology. In reality, it's the opposite; technology should only exist when it enables people to follow processes more efficiently. Technology is a supporting service to the business, even in a technology company! Virtualization Assessment Tools do not take this into account and will leave your company in an unfortunate place if you rely on them solely as a basis on which to decide whether or not to go virtual.

We , as technologists, have had to face the other two in order to get the technology across the table BUT I would like to say that it is people and processes who will make or break a virtualization project. Having said that a consultant should seriously stand for the client. But like I said in my previous post, how many clients do have a good network monitoring tool in place? and even if they have how much and how often do they mine that data? And even if they do, how often and in which perspective is it sent to the CIO? I say that because the top is most of the times unaware of great and bad things happening in their departments.

No matter what, it is important to (I know I am reiterating):
  • Monitor and Analyze my environment
  • Benchmark
  • Ask around! (and that would mean you can always, on the basis of information you muster, tell the consultant of what you think is a better way of analyzing your environment. For all you know he'd be running a winSAT in your individual Vista virtual machines!)
  • Test
  • Test
  • Test Thoroughly

Anyways read this...

PS: I'd suggest you call several people to get multiple opinions ;). And/Or blog about it, then the world will come to you!


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