How does your organization define the value of virtualization solutions? Are you calculating your return on Investment (ROI) strictly based upon cost savings? If so, you might be missing out on the true benefits of virtualization.
Let’s rewind for a second. Historically, server virtualization was the first step organizations took in an attempt to save costs. Identifying and eliminating under performing servers in the IT infrastructure helped recapture floor space and reduced costs associated with software licensing, cooling and power. Server consolidation even made it easier for IT administrators to increase their productivity. A reduction in servers and associated management enables a greater focus on projects strategic to the enterprise.
Server virtualization opens the door to efficiency but it is only the beginning of the virtualization journey. If you are satisfied with achieving these very basic results, you might be missing the whole point of virtualization (and the benefit too). Consider the potential benefits of virtualizing the entire enterprise?
We’ll continue this discussion next week by highlighting other ways to drive efficiency through virtualization and give you a glimpse into the software-defined future of the data center.
In the meantime, please share your thoughts with us on how your organization defines the value of virtualization? And, challenges you encounter calculating virtualization ROI.
Lastly, at IBM Pulse 2013, Jacqueline Woods, Vice President Marketing, along with a panel of Industry Analysts and Clients will discuss a more effective way to calculate ROI or the value of comprehensive IT data center. We would welcome hearing your thoughts before and during the session. You can register for Jacqueline’s session (CSM-2390): What Happens When You Add IBM Systems and Expertise to the Software Defined Data Center?”