As most organisations are adopting remote working solutions at unprecedented scales and hybrid cloud is gaining popularity, IT environments become more complex than ever. To make sure that this complexity does not lead to inefficient setups that may result in unnecessary spend, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) need to support their clients with efficient solutions and services. In this blog, we focus on some best practices for VMware Cloud®.
Over the past years, many companies have embarked on a cloud transformation journey. Cloud environments offer great opportunities to future-proof your business. Organisations also know they need to develop new resources if they want to stay ahead of the competition. The flip side of this evolution can be seen in IT environments that become increasingly complex. For MSPs, this is a unique chance to become a trusted partner of their clients. Companies need someone to bring order to chaos and guide them to achieve performance efficiency. This means that clients can be rest assured that they will always be able to deal with changing workloads to meet demand.
However, the cloud has the potential to make things so complex that even specialised partners can no longer see the wood for the trees. This is where Insight’s experts come in. They keep a close eye on new developments and find new ways forward to adapt your offerings for hybrid cloud. It enables MSPs to transform their services to satisfy the changing needs of their clients.
Insight assists its partners through all stages of a strategic cloud journey: from first exploration and deployment up to management and support. Here we elaborate on VMware Cloud®, a platform that lets you run, manage, connect and protect applications on multiple cloud environments, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure. Working with a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solution allows you to focus on developing and managing products without having to create and manage underlying infrastructure.
The following tips and best practices will help you get optimal performance for the most critical areas in VMware Cloud®.
ESXi is VMware’s enterprise-class type-1 hypervisor, designed to deploy and operate virtual machines. It provides a virtualization layer that abstracts the CPU, storage, memory and network resources of a physical host into multiple virtual machines. Applications running in a virtual machine (VM) can then access these resources without direct access to the underlying hardware.
When using a guest operating system – an operating system (OS) that is secondary to the host OS – there are also a few best practices to keep in mind to improve the performance level:
Managing your resources can have a significant impact on a virtual machine’s performance. ESXi provides several mechanisms to configure and adjust the allocation of CPU and memory resources for VMs running within it. Only use resource settings (Shares, Reservation, and Limits) if needed in your environment. If you expect frequent changes to the available resources, use Shares instead of Reservation.