Is server virtualization messing up your network’s performance? Posted on February 16, 2012 by Tim Burke Thanks to virtualization, network dynamics are changing — fast. Server virtualization consolidates resources on fewer physical servers in ways that require distributed workloads to communicate with each other. This boosts utilization of servers, but it also increases — and changes the nature of — network traffic. What’s more, virtual machines frequently get moved from physical server to physical server. For many organizations, this mobility, along with virtualization’s higher density and traffic (especially dynamic server-to-server traffic) has made a nightmare of network performance management. The solution? Granular, real-time visibility into network operations so that performance data can be captured and analyzed. But keeping up with the complexity and changeability of today’s networks can be daunting, especially if your IT team is lean. A reliable technology advisor with expertise in multimedia network management, virtualization, and cloud computing can help you figure out what will keep your network performing optimally. Some even offer a complimentary analysis of your network and can show you how to get the most from state-of-the-art network management products and services for the least cost.