VM sprawl is a very real thing that happens in data centers all over the world. We build and provision VMs so quickly these days it can get away from us before we know it. Soon our vCenter Server is full of VMs that we don’t know who they belong to, what purpose they serve, if they’re still being used or if they were ever used at all.
While this following dramatization is hilarious, it’s important to catch the signs of VM sprawl before it brings your infrastructure to its knees.
Picture a systems engineer lying on a therapist’s nice leather couch in a dimly lit room as the therapist asks the following questions:
Therapist: Now, tell me when this all started.
Systems Engineer (SE): I don’t really even know where to begin, I guess it all started back in vSphere 3.5 for us. It was our first introduction to server virtualization. I remember it like it was yesterday. We had just got a new shipment from Dell, a brand new server with loads of RAM and the top-of-the-line processor. It was like Christmas morning for our team of engineers. We loaded the hypervisor on the server and connected it to our network, and we were off and running… Read the full post.