Virtual server management demands strong policies, automation tools

Automation tools are important in preventing , but IT managers have to set strict policies and enforce them to avoid unnecessary proliferation of virtual machines.

That’s the message from a panel of virtualization management vendors that discussed sprawl at Interop Las Vegas this week.

While the vendors sang the praises of their own products, they said human processes may play an even more important role than technology in controlling VM sprawl.

“We found sprawl was more of a behavioral thing than a technology barrier,” said John Suit, CTO and principal founder of . “It has a lot to do with the expectations of application owners.”

The most successful IT shops set clear expectations and don’t divert from them, said Jay Litkey, founder and CEO of .