What does agility mean when it comes to datacenters? The agile datacenter is built in small incremental steps with regular feedback from customers. It’s fast and easy to manage, responsive to new requirements and changing user demand. Workloads move easily and scale to meet changes in cyclical demand. The agile datacenter changes at the speed of business – it’s not locked into the usual provisioning delays of technology.
Why is it difficult to build an agile datacenter?
Unfortunately, how legacy workloads are virtualized can significantly reduce the efficiency, flexibility, and agility of today’s datacenter. It turns out that cloned VMs are not the most efficient or easily scaled workloads.
Proliferating sprawl in legacy VMs
Much of the legacy workload running in today’s datacenters is simply a cloned image of a legacy server. Virtualizing entire machines:
- Proliferates differing legacy OS instances and patch levels.
- Replicates cluttered log files, broken and unnecessary applications, drivers, and utilities.
- Increases management costs and reduces datacenter agility.
- Makes it harder to change workloads and scale compute resources.
How do I build agility into my datacenter?
Start by figuring out what you need before you move it, then be smart about how you move it. The agile approach helps you think ahead, which leads to prioritizing and sizing the movement of your most important business applications first. This improves efficiency and reduces the costs of running a datacenter.
Building agile VMs lets you use all the sophisticated datacenter management and DevOps tools to squeeze the best QoS out of your VMs, while eliminating the need to manage and load legacy clutter.