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Should your company do its part by joining the virtualization bandwagon?

Could virtualizing your company’s servers actually be part of your patriotic duty? It may seem a little far-fetched at first glance, but let’s take a deeper look at national trends and the important take-aways from recent national political campaigns that drew a bead on our country’s most pressing problems: a teetering economy, our alarming dependence on foreign oil, and a growing need to address environmental concerns such as global warming.

Is there something IT professionals can do that has the potential of addressing this triple threat of social, economic and environmental ills? The answer could be virtualization. Proven technologies that allow a single server to take on a variety of unrelated tasks that would normally require the use of multiple dedicated servers offer some obvious benefits in the areas of cost savings and efficiency. Can those benefits also translate into improved fiscal performance, reduced consumption of energy resources and a lower carbon footprint? The consensus seems to be in the affirmative.

In fact, these are among the reasons Gartner Group recently anointed virtualization as the No. 1 strategic technology for 2009, topping trendier tech topics such as Business Intelligence (#2), Cloud Computing (#3), Green IT (#4), and Unified Communications (#5). In his blog on the unveiling of this year’s Top 10 list, Gartner’s David Cearly cited virtualization’s “significant potential to reduce IT costs” as the primary business driver, noting that widespread IT belt-tightening in 2009 would prompt popular server virtualization technologies to be augmented by an uptick in virtualization techniques applied to storage and client devices.

To read more on virtualization, head on over to IBM’s Server Virtualization website.



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Virtualization is awesome
By amanojaku on 12/10/2008 8:06:14 PM , Rating: 3
Imagine taking a datacenter of 1000 physical servers and consolidating them onto 40-80 physical servers running the original 1000 operating systems. I can, because it's what I do for a living. When I tell people this they look at me like I'm crazy; I get the same looks I used to give a few years ago when I heard about VMware, AIX LPARs and Solaris 10 zones. When you virtualize you reduce hardware footprint, which in turn reduces power usage, heat generated, A/C used (and more power!) cabling, network devices, etc... All in all costs go down and you get more with less. No one can argue with that! The only "disadvantage" is that few organizations reduce their datacenter sizes; instead, they take the original 1000 servers and get 10,000-20,000 virtual machines out of them.




RE: Virtualization is awesome
By eegake on 12/10/2008 11:43:43 PM , Rating: 2
110% agreement. Tastes great, lasts a long time :-)

It's nice to finally have the level of resource manageability that one mostly found only on IBM mainframe systems just a decade or so ago.


RE: Virtualization is awesome
By Smilin on 12/15/2008 8:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
Aye, virtualization is not at all a new concept. IBM just isn't the route to go. Virtualize out an iSeries into who knows how many servers and you're still stuck with hardware that is so expensive to buy and maintain that the reduction in "servers" just isn't worth it.

IBM isn't the route to take when virtualizing. Stick to commodity intel servers (HP, Dell) and use VMware or MS Hyper-V to do your virtualization.

I enjoyed the article right up until I found the advertisement at the end.


RE: Virtualization is awesome
By mindless1 on 12/16/2008 2:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
... but this isn't newsworthy, it's like telling everyone to stop and listen to what a great idea I think it is for people to carpool. <yawn> Woohoo, virtualize. It's so exciting I can't sit still.


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