That is important because the university cuts its physical server utilization closer than a typical business would when it runs virtual machines, he says. Whereas corporations might seek to move VMs when 50 percent to 60 percent of physical server capacity was reached, but the university pushes that closer to 80 percent. With VM performance crashing about 94 percent utilization, that leaves little margin for error, he says.
That makes more efficient use of the virtual environment a plus, something that the VMTurbo market analysis can help with Reynolds says. It can better balance available memory across a VM cluster than VMware Dynamic Resource Scheduling, he says, although he doesn't always automate that optimization.
For example, the university wants certain applications to run on certain machines only, and wouldn't want Operations Manager to allow automatically migrating VMs from those machines, he says.
Reynolds says the management platform definitely frees up time for his virtualization team, effectively increasing his manpower. By ensuring efficient use of the university's hardware, it also helps keep infrastructure costs down, he says.
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