Gartner Research

Virtual Workload Management: Moving Beyond Deploy and Forget

Published: 03 February 2015

ID: G00271752

Analyst(s): Garry Meaburn


This guidance document helps an organization to develop a virtual workload management process that will improve virtual workload performance and efficiency throughout the life of the workload rather than simply at the deployment phase.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Analyze the Workloads That Are Deployed Within Your Organization
    • Define Workload Management Responsibilities
  • Step 1: Design the Architecture for Workload Management
    • Standardize Your Hosting Platform
    • Verify the Configuration Options
    • Create VM Service Offerings
    • Define Resource Management and Workload Migration
  • Step 2: Define Key Performance Metrics
    • Develop the Operational Process
  • Step 3: Implement Operational Procedures
    • Break Down the Silos
    • Keep Up With Changing Demands
    • Rightsize VMs' Process Development
    • Decommission VMs' Process Development
  • Step 4: Evaluate Tooling
    • Achieve Capacity and Performance Management Tooling
    • Implement Predictive Analytics

Risks and Pitfalls

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