Watch out for these 3 virtualization mistakes

“Prevention is better than cure,” says the scholar Desiderious Erasmus and it speaks true not only in the medical field but also in technology. To avoid having a problematic storage virtualization system, here are three common mistakes to watch out for.

Poorly structured storage from the get go

Within a virtualized data storage framework, information is grouped into tiers based on how quickly it needs to be accessible when requested. Most networks will have to organize data into three different tiers to avoid breaking the bank.

For example, you probably don’t need to access archived data as fast as the images on your eCommerce website.

Without a virtualization expert on hand, organizing these data could quickly go off the rails. Consult with your managed IT services provider (MSP) to plan where various data types will be stored and what’s the most effective way to set up your data storage framework.

Inadequately maintained virtualized storage

You need to regularly update your virtualized data storage plan so that it always meets your company’s evolving needs and it performs optimally. 

Whoever is in charge of your virtualization solution needs to have intimate knowledge of how data is being accessed. If you’re using virtual machines to access your database, they need to be precisely arranged to make sure you don’t have 10 workstations trying to access information from the same gateway.

Incorrect application placement

Placing all of your data-intensive applications on virtual storage networks might cause too much bandwidth usage and network traffic. 

Your MSP needs to understand and closely monitor how those applications work so they can recommend how to best distribute them across virtual machines and physical machines to solve connectivity issues.

Deploying any type of virtualized IT within your business is no small feat. So if you want to set up a virtualization solution without any issues, contact us today.  

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