Frost & Sullivan: Virtualization for Midsize Businesses Boosts Efficiency and Flexibility
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Prior to server virtualization, a static relationship existed that tied a single instance of the operating system software and its collection of applications to a dedicated server. If the operating system and application workload demand was constant, utilization of the server could be maximized, resulting in minimal dormant or unused hardware resources. However, application usage is seldom constant resulting in peaks and valleys during the day, within the workweek, seasonally and unexpectedly. Consequently, average server utilization without virtualization is low and energy and cooling is wasted on servers that are ‘on’ but are not actively serving a business need.
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Frost & Sullivan recently published a white paper, Virtualization for Midsize Businesses: Keep Your Foot on the Accelerator, which identifies the benefits midsize businesses gain through holistic adoption of virtualization technologies.
To overcome the many recurring challenges pertaining to data centers, there are streams of benefits virtualization across servers, storage, networks, and desktops can deliver, especially for midsize businesses with heightened strategic priorities in innovation and revenue growth. This shift to virtualization increases capacity and improves effectiveness with greater speed, flexibility and reliability than possible in non-virtualized environments.
“Devising and following a server upgrade plan to support virtualization will not only stretch existing data center space further, but will also produce incremental gains in energy efficiency,” said Stratecast Vice President of Research at Frost & Sullivan Michael Suby.
Selecting a virtualization partner is equally important. For instance, IT managers should consider the partner’s effectiveness in managing virtualization technologies while also integrating complementary technologies and extending them into other areas of business needs. This white paper addresses the criteria to consider in designing a virtualization strategy and in selecting a virtualization partner. Frost & Sullivan identified IBM as a compelling example of a virtualization provider with a broad portfolio of virtualization-enabling products, a deep bench in value-added resellers and local IT management partners, and experience that counts.
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