Careful attention to a few key maintenance tasks should keep virtual infrastructure clicking along nicely, according to a report from ZDnet.

Particularly for systems using distributed resource scheduling, the tech news publication said, it never hurts to check for virtual host updates on a regular basis. Although it's more of a hassle, the same goes for operating system updates, ZDnet added, pointing out that it might be a good idea to have a dedicated patch team for this purpose.

One performance boost that many might not have considered is a switch to Linux, particularly if a company is heavy on Windows servers. The open-source operating system uses far fewer system resources, and the changeover has the potential to create huge savings on licensing costs as well, the news source said. It's not for everyone, but it could be a great move for some organizations.

The latter change could prove problematic, according to some experts, for businesses that rely on certain Windows-only programs for virtual desktop productivity, however.

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