Everything seems to be going virtual anymore, doesn’t it? This is not always a great thing (think virtual operators who answer your phone calls when you call anyone from your doctor’s office to the state Motor Vehicles agency). But sometimes, like in the case of a virtual machine, virtualization is a great thing, because it’s not only cheaper, but it’s also more environmentally friendly than a physical machine.
Cheaper and greener? That’s a big deal. Especially when you’re on a tight budget and you need a couple of new servers. If you can do it (see Hardware Requirements below), a virtual machine is the way to go. Not only are you likely paying only for software, which is always cheaper than paying for hardware, but you’re also making the environmentally conscious choice. You’re not buying hardware that will use electricity to run, require air conditioning in its own special room or building, and someday end up in a landfill.
Virtual machines, however, may not be perfect for every situation. For example, a virtual machine runs best when it is on a physical machine with at least twice the resources required for the virtual machine. If the virtual machine you want to run is not especially resource intensive, this will probably not be an issue. And if you already have a very large physical server, you may be able to run a couple of virtual machines on it.
Managing your multi-vendor VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines at the same time can present some special challenges, ranging from capacity planning, to virtual machine operations management. SolarWinds can help, with a range of information and tools. You might want to take a quick look at SolarWinds' whitepaper, Top 5 Things You Need in a Virtualization Management Solution for detailed information on what you’ll need to successfully go virtual.