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Virtualization Reality Check

by Toby Martin

I recently read an interesting whitepaper titled Advancing Virtualization Investments to the Next Level By Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.  The paper highlights how everyone is constantly hearing about virtualization, which makes everyone feel like they are falling behind, however, the author did a good job of pointing out two-thirds of organizations with virtual server implementations have less than three years of experience with the technology, and only 16% have had it deployed for more than five years. In addition, while some degree of server virtualization is becoming ubiquitous, slightly more than half of the organizations surveyed have virtualized less than one-third of their potential server target and 59% of survey respondents have not virtualized any mission-critical applications.  Also interesting is  the idea that virtualization helps reduce CapEx (hardware, server floor space in data centers, etc.) costs by spending OpEx (virtualization software) is a great pivot and an excellent way to leverage investments many people have already made, or are in the process of making.  Lastly, an often overlooked benefit of virtualization is security of data and disaster recovery.   Most people think of the benefits only in hard costs but these are often much more expensive than people account for. Check out the paper at Advancing Virtualization Investments to the Next Level.

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