Traditionally, many organization have utilized standalone hosts for test/dev VMs, but when does it start to make sense to place these workloads on a highly available clustered environment similar to your production VMs? Where as there are less hard dollar savings justification for test/dev VMs, making it harder to convince your management of the merits of this option, there are certain questions to ask that can help you determine if this option is right for your organization.
In my recent article for SearchServerVirtualization.com I look at some of the questions to ask whether using highly available hosts for you test VMs too. Click HERE for my take on the following questions.
Why consider a virtual server cluster for test/dev?
What are your service-level expectations?
What are the hours of operation for test/dev environments?
What are the downsides of high availability?
Does downtime have a financial effect?
Does cost overrule the benefits of a virtual server cluster?