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Decision Point for Changing Hypervisor Platforms

Published: 19 July 2016

ID: G00297582

Analyst(s): Jason Normanton


Before switching hypervisor platforms, enterprise architects must analyze the potential impact on the business and IT operations. This Decision Point provides a tool and framework for assessing the risk and migration complexity associated with a hypervisor change project.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

  • Assessment Sections
  • Hypervisor Migration Questions Worksheet
  • Risk and Migration Complexity Worksheet

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Business Drivers
    • Complexity of Existing Virtualized Environment (Migration Source)
    • Hosted Applications and Unified Support
    • Software Management and Scripting
    • Cloud and Target Hypervisor Strategy
    • Service Continuity and Compliance
    • Technology Management and Third-Party Integrations
    • Migration Strategy


  • Low R&MC — Scores Over 999
  • Low to Medium R&MC — Scores Between 999 and 601
  • Medium to High R&MC — Scores Between 600 and 301
  • Very High R&MC — Scores Up to 300

Future Developments

  • Software-Defined Networking
  • Hybrid Cloud (IaaS, DRaaS and PaaS) Alignment and CMPs

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