Blog Authors: IBM Software Defined 2700052JD4 Virtualization+IBM 2700039S5C Nitin_Gaur 12000056JB Jean Staten Healy 2700025BBU John_Foley 0600026N82 SamVanAlstyne 110000DM6B alicia_wood 270003DW0M Virtualization combined with Integrated Service Management helps you use your resources effectively, manage your infrastructures efficiently and gain the flexibility to meet ever changing business demands. This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to virtualization across the entire infrastructure. Articles written by IBM's virtualization experts serve as conversation starters. Topics can range from latest technologies for server consolidation and tools for simplified systems management and monitoring to automating IT systems to respond to changing business conditions and cloud-based solutions for the "virtual" enterprise.
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"Virtualization without good management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place."—Gartner Group
That's a blunt quote, but its point is well taken. Management should be an integral element of any serious virtualization strategy from the start.
If it's not, the virtualized infrastructure certainly won't deliver its full potential; in fact, it might even be a losing investment. Far from virtualization transforming IT for the better, it will have transformed IT for the worse.
This is why Managing Workloads is one of four key priorities in IBM's new virtualization framework—a modular approach designed to help organizations create a tailored virtualization strategy that will work best for them.
Some organizations may already have in place a modern array of management solutions designed specifically to get the best results from virtualization. For the rest, however, this particular module isn't one they're going to be able to skip.
Virtualization represents such a sea change in the nature of the infrastructure that effective management solutions must be deployed, configured, tested and in use from Day One.