6. Be prepared to be patient with your timeline. Physical-to-virtual conversion isn’t as simple as vendors make it out to be.
7. Make sure the system port connections are the fastest possible to support throughput.
8. Start the system training effort with the system administrator, via a trainer who is a hands-on expert. Then train the rest of the networking staff.
9. Consider investing in a storage area network (SAN) at the same time you invest in virtual servers. SANs help you reap the full benefits of virtual servers through high availability and disaster recovery options.
10. Thoroughly research third-party vendors before hiring. While third-party arrangements can help reduce costs and time committed to administration, outsourcing has its own risks. Make sure your credit union can trust the vendor—based on client history, reliability and trust, excellent online security, and good communication.
Virtualization isn’t without challenges, but its long-term benefits can curb rapid physical server expansion and make system upgrades and maintenance more manageable and cost-effective.
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