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Which Management Tools Get the Most Use?

I feel like a stuck CD harping on management tools as much as I have been this year but, let's face it -- it's where a lot of the real action is in virtualization right now and through 2009. The trouble with making VMs is that it's a little too easy. Tarkan Maner, CEO of Wyse, says that he has run into plenty of CIOs that just don't get the need for a full, top-down planning approach to virtualization.

Too often the approach is: Let's take a few of our IT guys and dub them the VM team while saying "go forth and virtualize." Mark Bowker from analyst firm ESG describes this trend as "virtualize first, optimize later." In any event, here's some good survey data from IDC on which management tools are getting the most traction in IT shops these days. In order of usage, they are:

  1. Patch Maintenance
  2. Server Deployment/Provisioning
  3. Optimization/Workload Balancing
  4. Systems Recovery and Backup
  5. Health Monitoring
  6. Disaster Recovery
  7. High Availability/Failover
  8. Analysis/Troubleshooting
  9. Security
  10. Capacity Planning
  11. Migration Tools
  12. Dynamic Load Optimization
  13. Power Management
  14. Application Matching
  15. Chargeback

How does this rank ordering square with your experience using some of these tools? Post here or shoot me an e-mail.

Posted by Tom Valovic on 01/19/2009 at 12:49 PM


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