Virtualization: Motivations and cost
The following presentation was given at Data Center Decisions Spring 2005 in New
Virtualization, like other major IT technologies in the past, is receiving a lot of marketing
attention from leading systems vendors, and is
hyped by the press and analyst firms as the "next
big thing" in IT. However, Virtualization is more than just the buzzword of the year. It
potentially represents a fundamental transformation of IT operations. Virtualization involves
decoupling workloads from the functional details of the platforms on which they are hosted. Tony
Iams, vice president and senior analyst, Ideas International, examines all the factors IT
professionals must consider when evaluating virtualization solutions such as virtual machines,
partitions, resource management server, blade servers, provisioning software, and grid computing.
The discussion explores and quantifies the key factors that need to be considered during the
selection process, and reviews the pain points and challenges experienced by users who have already
deployed virtualization technology.
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This was first published in June 2005
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