What is a virtualization study?

A study created using Virtual Planner consists of the following:

  • A list of candidate computers (stand-alone servers or guests) selected to participate in the study.
  • The Study Profile which specifies the virtualization platform to be utilized, the hardware for new hosts onto which the computers may be consolidated, and parameters such as thresholds and CPU overhead.
  • A list of targets (virtual hosts or, if supported by the virtualization platform, resource pools or clusters) on which to assign the candidates.
  • Results showing projected virtual placements, resource usage and hardware requirements due to the virtualization actions taken in the study.

The Virtual Planner automatically discovers data representative of your computing environment available in the Workspace. After applying filters for the type of virtualization you are planning, you can view the systems that are candidates for virtualization. The Virtual Planner suggests which stand-alone computers and existing guests should be assigned to each target virtual host. It takes affinity relationships between systems into consideration to indicate which computers or guests should be placed on the same host and which should be placed on different hosts.

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Consolidate to Virtual

Project the benefits of virtualizing underutilized standalone servers, or of re-hosting existing guests or partitions in a new virtual environment.

Deploy New Guests

Gauge the impact of deploying new guests into your virtual environment. Real system measurements or user-specified values can be used for the profiles of the guests to be deployed.

Decommission Guests

Decommission guests, and view the impact of freeing their resources back to the virtual environment where they are hosted.

Decommission Hosts

Decommission hosts, and view the impact of distributing their guests to other new or existing targets.

Creating a study to project growth

Estimate the resource utilization and capacity requirement due to a specified percentage growth in demand in your virtual environment.

Rebalance Virtual Hosts

Relocate guests on existing virtual hosts to achieve approximate utilization balance among hosts.

Related topics

Prerequisites for Virtual Planner

Selecting data for a virtualization study

Selecting data for a virtualization study

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