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Your Data Center Virtualization Strategy

Start by identifying where you are on the journey. Use the self-assessment questions and next steps below for guidance. Then work with a Dell expert to thoroughly assess your needs, define your next steps and take virtualization to the next level.

Wherever you are in your virtualization process, we can help you.

Stage 1: 0% - 20% virtualized

Increase IT utilization by driving virtualization and consolidation across the data center.

Self-assess:
    - How many servers are virtualized? How old are they?
    - Do current storage and network technologies scale to meet demand?
    - Is it easily to integrate new technologies with existing IT?
    - Are proprietary solutions limiting future IT options?
Next steps:
  1. Acquire tools to extend virtualization.
  2. Use Dell Networking white paper on moving to 10GbE to ensure networks are 10g Ethernet optimized for east-west traffic.
  3. Refer to the following for help upgrading and virtualizing servers and storage:
    • Choosing the right servers for enterprise virtualization
    • Efficient Storage Strategies for Virtualized Data Center
  4. Provide high-speed backup, replication and recovery of VMware® and physical Windows Server® environments.
Regardless of your company size, business demands or IT strategy, or virtualization stage, we can help you transform your data center into a dynamic IT environment. You can start with the Virtualization Readiness Assessment Data Sheet.
Stage 2: 20% - 50% virtualized

Unify data center management by reducing redundant tasks. Centralize and standardize management.

Self-assess:
    - Are admins manually managing your IT?
    - Does server, storage and network management require multiple tools?
    - Have you organized and consolidated data into tiered and virtual storage solutions?
    - Have you had a Dell Virtualization Health Check?
Next steps:
  1. Identify application and virtual machine dependencies.
  2. Integrate/join existing solutions (VMware and Microsoft).
  3. Adopt software defined networking
  4. Put storage protection, retention, high availability / disaster recovery solutions in place.
  5. Converge IT management.

Regardless of your company size, business demands or IT strategy, or virtualization stage, we can help you transform your data center into a dynamic IT environment. Work with our virtualization experts.


Stage 3: ~50% virtualized

Improve data center agility/responsiveness by automating processes and adding self-service. Consider cloud delivery.

Self-assess:
    - Do you deliver IT as a service or as self-service?
    - How many hypervisors do you manage or want to manage?
    - How long does it take to provision a VM (virtual machine)?
    - Have you considering building a private cloud?
Next steps:
  1. Automate workload provisioning and deployment
  2. Optimize efficiency with performance analysis and monitoring tools.
  3. Deploy and/or test private cloud infrastructure.

Regardless of your company size, business demands or IT strategy, or virtualization stage, we can help you transform your data center into a dynamic IT environment. Work with our virtualization experts.


Stage 4: > 50%

Deliver IT seamlessly and securely by fully transitioning to service delivery models.

Self-assess:
    - Have you considered leveraging the cloud for short term projects?
    - Are some periods throughout the year busier than others?
    - Does the demand on your IT resources fluctuate unexpectedly?
    - Can your current network power cloud & non-cloud workloads?
    - How do you protect your data ―from the endpoint to the cloud?
Next steps:
  1. Establish a unified cloud management strategy..
  2. Deploy cloud security and storage integration strategy.
  3. Shift applications and data to cloud-based models.
  4. Use public cloud services

Contact a Dell expert
Regardless of your company size, business demands or IT strategy, we can support you on your path to virtualization.
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