Chapter 1. Laying the Groundwork

Planning

Planning is often viewed as a roadblock to innovation. As information technology (IT) practitioners, we often want to bring innovation to our environments quickly. We have seen many deployments where the crucial planning steps are skipped because of the enthusiasm displayed by IT professionals.

Although it might seem like the benefits of the technology are realized sooner, skipping the planning phases of a virtualization project can lead to trouble down the road. You must start with a solid foundation to build upon in the virtual infrastructure so that it meets the needs of today and the scalability of tomorrow. From resource allocation and hardware choice to vSphere configuration, the choices you make ...

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