Manage Disk Image Files Wisely in the Face of DevOps Sprawl


There are strategies to prevent obsolete disk images from clogging up valuable space, especially in a rapid-change DevOps shop. However, not all VMs will benefit from the same plan.

Disk images are fast and easy to create, but they’re not free and they cause administrative problems. Each image file, such as a .vhdx or .vmdk file, requires storage space. Virtualization or IT administrators must constantly manage disk image files to ensure each image is appropriate and relevant to the enterprise. They must archive or delete obsolete or unneeded disk image files to ease management and recover costly storage space.

These problems are multiplied in a modern DevOps environment. DevOps teams rely on continuous delivery models to speed development and experiment with creative and competitive capabilities that could yield the business an advantage.


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