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Best Practices for Server Virtualization and Hypervisor Design and Management

Published: 07 February 2020

ID: G00428653

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


Here are 50 best practices for VMs, hosts, storage and networking, plus a 51-point maintenance plan, for use with Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, Red Hat KVM/RHVH or VMware ESXi. It helps I&O technical professionals optimize design and sizing; block, file and hyperconverged storage; and performance.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Select Which Servers to Virtualize and Which Hypervisor to Use
  • Design and Sizing
    • Step 1: Cluster Design
    • Step 2: Host Sizing
    • Step 3: VM Sizing
    • Step 4: HA/DR Design
    • Best Practices for Design and Sizing
  • Storage and Networking
    • Block-Based Storage vs. File-Based Storage
    • Hyperconverged Storage
    • Virtual Networking
    • Best Practices for Storage and Networking
  • Operations
    • Performance Management
    • Workload Tuning
    • Sample Maintenance Plan
    • Best Practices for Operations

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