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How to Build the Business Case for Virtualization

How to Build the Business Case for Virtualization

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What do you need to do to build a case for virtualization? It can be a cultural shift for a company to adopt virtualization. It requires different skill sets and an approach that turns a data center into a network that optimizes an infrastructure according to the principles of a shared infrastructure.

But there are steps you can take that provide executives with a clear path to return on investment.

It starts with telling a compelling story.
What do you need to do to build a case for virtualization? It can be a cultural shift for a company to adopt virtualization. It requires different skill sets and an approach that turns a data center into a network that optimizes an infrastructure according to the principles of a shared infrastructure.

But there are steps you can take that provide executives with a clear path to return on investment.

It starts with telling a compelling story.

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INTRODUCTION1:
GETTING STARTED
2:
MAKING THE MOSTTHROUGH VIRTUALIZATION:WHAT TO EXPECT
3:
DATACENTEROPTIMIZATION: THE FAQS
4:
THE AGILE BUSINESS
5:
BUSINESS CONTINUITYAND DISASTER RECOVERY
6:
VISION FOR THE FUTURESYNDICATED ARTICLESBank Scores with ServerVirtualizationDoing the Math onVirtualizationMajor shift to cloud ITservices inevitablePepsi Bottler SwallowsSkepticism AboutVirtualization5 Steps to A Big PictureApproach to Virtualizationin 2009
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Optimizing IT infrastructure is alwaysin season.
 
During challenging times, however,it becomes more than an aspiration: making themost of your IT assets becomes an imperative forcompetitive advantage, and ultimately, survival.Based on the proven ROI and business success ofvirtualization for server consolidation, many orga-nizations are looking to extend their virtualizationefforts to encompass the entire datacenter, fromthe OS to the network to the management ofthose critical business information assets.Inspired by the collaboration betweenVMware® and Intel to enable the next phaseof virtualization, this playbook will provide ITdecision-makers with a step-by-step overview of
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best practices for datacenter virtualization. It willdescribe breakthroughs in management solutionsfor virtual datacenters and multi-core chipsets—including VMware vSphere™ 4, and VMware VMo-tion™ as well as Xeon processors withIntel Virtualization Technology and thenew microarchitecture code-namedNehalem—to case studies and advicefrom CIOs and IT decision-makers.Using a mix of original articles andsyndicated articles culled from the bestof
CIO 
and
CSO 
magazines, IT decision-makers will be prepared to makeinformed decisions on virtualization’srole in controlling costs, optimizing ITassets, business agility and disasterrecovery and business continuity.
Virtualized Datacenter
 
=
 
Real-World IT Optimization
 
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INTRODUCTION
1:GETTING STARTED2:
MAKING THE MOSTTHROUGH VIRTUALIZATION:WHAT TO EXPECT
3:
DATACENTEROPTIMIZATION: THE FAQS
4:
THE AGILE BUSINESS
5:
BUSINESS CONTINUITYAND DISASTER RECOVERY
6:
VISION FOR THE FUTURESYNDICATED ARTICLESBank Scores with ServerVirtualizationDoing the Math onVirtualizationMajor shift to cloud ITservices inevitablePepsi Bottler SwallowsSkepticism AboutVirtualization5 Steps to A Big PictureApproach to Virtualizationin 2009
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An effective virtualization model re-quires commitment and a well-designedstrategy. Organizations that succeedcan achieve remarkable gains.
Over the last few years, virtualization has evolvedfrom a promising technology to a mainstream toolfor maximizing utilization rates and minimizing costswithin an IT infrastructure. A 2008 IDG ResearchServices survey of 100 U.S.-based IT leaders foundthat 88 percent of organizations currently invest invirtualization initiatives; 63 percent have alreadyachieved success with server virtualization. Now,a growing number of organizations are focusing ontotal datacenter infrastructure virtualization.Yet understanding the challenges of operatinga datacenter and how virtualization technologycan help solve them doesn’t necessarily translateinto a viable strategy—particularly for organiza-tions moving toward large-scale deployments. Anorganization—and its IT department—must developa sound plan for virtualizing servers, storage andother enterprise resources. Utilization rates, avail-ability, resource optimization and, ultimately, returnon investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership(TCO) are integral to success.It’s no secret that datacenter optimizationis a key to building a more agile, adaptable and
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impressive results. It can spike utilization ratesfrom the 20 percent range to 80 percent or higherand result in a cost savings exceeding 70 percent.But assembling the right combination of hardwareand software is paramount, and seamlessly inte-grating policies and culture is vital. Only then canan enterprise unlock maximum business value andachieve superior results.
Building the Business Casefor Virtualization
The ability to run multiple computing environments,operating systems and applications side by sidewithin the same physical server is appealing. Bypartitioning a server into several virtual machines,an enterprise can:
 
Boost utilization rates and thereby reduce
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environment also helps boost server perfor-mance and streamline the datacenter.
 
Reduce datacenter power utilization and spacerequirements, thereby driving costs down.
 
Deliver cost-effective virtualization-based highavailability solutions for critical applications.
 
Develop enterprise-class application availabilityand robust business continuity and disaster re-
Putting
Virtualization to Work

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