Virtualized servers and desktops are recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a means to improving organizational security. Virtualization can also deliver a wealth of efficiency improvements ranging from more flexible, remote IT management to the consolidation of legacy systems with new platforms under a common monitoring interface.
However, the benefits of virtualization come with a special set of concerns for public services. Agencies in particular tend to rely extensively on extending IT services and sharing data across branches and partner organizations. Unfortunately, this can lead to a minority of guest systems overtaxing hosts and other forms of network load imbalancing.
Public services can face plenty of other challenges to their IT infrastructure, including dependency on components still in early or even pre-release states, ongoing and escalating attacks by hostile entities, and management of non-critical systems for both redundancy and next-generation services.
Any infrastructure bottleneck can constrain IT resources. However, simultaneous problems landing on more than one front can cripple services across the organization.
Build IT Right
Virtualization applied across local, state, and federal networks can mitigate many IT risks while aiding systems development, improving security through virtualized end-point administration, and boosting collaboration between offices and organizations. Achieving this without fostering infrastructure weaknesses and contention points can be done, but it requires a robust management platform able to assess all network resources on a real-time basis.
Measure and Maintain
Virtualized infrastructure may prove to be your IT’s greatest asset. Make sure you have the management tools in place to observe infrastructure conditions in real-time and help them perform at peak flexibility, efficiency, and safety.
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Are you trying to extend a virtualization initiative? Looking for a way to gain the confidence that you—and management—need to virtualize a particular line of business (LOB) application? Well, Xangati has a real-world virtualization success story about a company—that went from 60 to 98 percent virtualized in less than 3 months flat—that might be of interest to you. Resources for Human Development (RHD) is a national non-profit with 4,500 employees. Ahead of the times for most non-profits of its type, RHD embraced the concept of virtualization while still in its infancy—understanding the need for both heightened
U.S. Army improves patient record access with VDI and Xangati Summary: To give its doctors more time to treat patients, the U.S. Army converted its desktop health care patient record application system to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with Xangati VDI Performance Management Solution to assure high performance of the entire VDI environment allowing their doctors consistently fast access to patient record. Using VDI storage with solid-state and the Xangati VDI Performance Management Solution has reduced login times from 3-to-5 minutes to less than 30 seconds in early implementations. Original posting can be found here: The Problem: Army doctors typically