Ask any CIO over the past two years and they will likely tell you that virtualization has been a top IT project in their organization throughout that time span. The promise (and realization) of greater IT efficiency via server consolidation and capital expense reductions has propelled server virtualization and hypervisors to the enterprise mainstream in adoption. In fact, some clients are now hitting a wall with server virtualization because they have consolidated all of their “low hanging fruit” workloads, such as IT infrastructure, web servers, and email and collaboration. IDC estimates that nearly two-thirds of all IT workloads will be virtualized by the end of the year1. Where do CIOs go from here?
The answer for the vast majority of clients is….more virtualization. As a core IT technology, virtualization has far-reaching, and lesser-known, implications beyond servers and compute. One example of this reach is how the principles of virtualization (i.e., the logical representation of physical resources) can be directly applied to other datacenter elements such as storage and networking for resource consolidation and pooling. Another example is how server virtualization impacts the rest of the datacenter in terms of provisioning resources, optimizing performance and managing service levels. This impact becomes very clear to clients who are beginning their cloud computing journey and haven’t planned ahead with modernizing their datacenter. The bottom line is that IT needs a comprehensive approach to virtualization, to include solutions that span servers, storage, networking, management and application infrastructure. At IBM, we call this approach Advanced Virtualization.
CIOs and IT leaders need to expand their virtualization expectations beyond increasing consolidation and reducing capital costs. Advanced Virtualization yields additional benefits by ensuring cost-effective business availability and transforming application support. These expanded benefits are essential to clients working to virtualize their complicated and mission-critical workloads, such as ERP systems, OLTP applications and business analytics solutions. Leading organizations are virtualizing their entire datacenter in order to maximize business agility, lower operating costs, and divert resources to new projects for innovation.
We think virtualization is more than you’ve probably been led to believe. Please join us on June 20th at 1:30pm ET as Scott Firth, Director of IBM Virtualization Marketing, shows how enterprises are investing in virtualization beyond hypervisors and servers. With over 45 years of virtualization expertise, IBM provides an end-to-end approach to virtualizing your enterprise. See how our clients are profiting from our industry leadership.
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1) IDC Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide Datacenter Trends and Strategies 2011