Most experts recommend a multi-phase approach for implementing VMware. The problem is that following this approach can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months before any benefits are realized. What if you’re already convinced of the VMware benefits and are looking to accelerate the adoption of VMware for competitive advantage? Here are some steps to help you accelerate a VMware deployment:
Use a Reference Design
There’s no need to engineer a new design for your VMware infrastructure. Most IT (Information Technology) professionals enjoy the engineering step and the result can be an over-complicated hardware layer that actually inhibits a VMware deployment. Use an existing and proven reference design that scales.
Plan For Storage Growth
Because a VMware infrastructure can scale rapidly, you need to plan for storage growth before deployment. If you already have a SAN (Storage Area Network) or a NAS (Network Attached Storage), now is the time to integrate that storage into your VMware infrastructure.
Use Imaging Software
Loading Virtual Machines from scratch is a poor use of your time. Use readily available imaging software as well as the VMware provided tools to quickly build Virtual Machines as well as migrate a host to a virtual machine.
Choose a Partner
Like every other kind of deployment, choosing the right partner makes all the difference. In addition to access to VMware pricing, the right VMware partner can help you avoid costly mistakes. Avoiding distractions and focusing on issues of scale are key to a rapid VMware deployment.