MAKING THE MOSTTHROUGH VIRTUALIZATION:WHAT TO EXPECT
DATACENTEROPTIMIZATION: THE FAQS
THE AGILE BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONTINUITYAND DISASTER RECOVERY
VISION FOR THE FUTURESYNDICATED ARTICLES– Bank Scores with ServerVirtualization– Doing the Math onVirtualization– Major shift to cloud ITservices inevitable– Pepsi Bottler SwallowsSkepticism AboutVirtualization– 5 Steps to A Big PictureApproach to Virtualizationin 2009
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
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
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-
Virtualization to Work