When I was a small child, I used to enjoy watching a Japanese language program. Called Monkey, it was all about a disruptive monkey with a massive ego. The monkey was turned into immortal being that could shrink and grow and travel on a flying cloud. Punished by the heavens for its transgressions, it was traveling with a Buddhist monk called Tripitaka on a journey to recover holy scriptures. The program also included a water monster, a pig, and a dragon who was shaped like a horse. It was a thing of its time, and you need to have watched to understand. By now, you most likely think that I have finally snapped, but this rather oblique journey somehow got me thinking about IT architecture and the ability to scale.
Whether you are building a new or adding to an existing virtual or cloud environment on a shoestring budget, whether for work or for home use, there is quite a bit to consider before you purchase anything and it all boils down to your requirements which will dictate the technology you need for your virtual environment. In addition, this is a perfect time to address any deficiencies in your environment to not only address capacity issues, requirements, and security. Along with those considerations, planning the environment for the next three to five years can help shape the overall design. In fact that design, will be based on the answers from a growing list of questions: