Server Virtualization will be the common trend for 2011

The adoption of server virtualization, otherwise know as the “Private Cloud,” started years ago, but we will definitely see it become more of a common trend in 2011 as companies look to drastically improve efficiency and availability of IT resources. The trend of having one server/one application is going away, making way for the adoption of virtualization technique that runs multiple operating systems/applications on a single hardware. With this technology in place, costs can be reduced 50 – 70% with respect to hardware and IT administration.

Benefits of virtualization include:

  1. Multiple operating systems/applications on a single system
  2. Improved utilization of power and hardware while reducing server administration costs
  3. Higher availability and improved performance of enterprise applications
  4. Business continuity through improved disaster recovery and higher availability in the data centre
  5. Improved enterprise desktop management and control

The virtualization market includes server virtualization infrastructure, hosted virtual desktops and server virtualization management. VMware, Microsoft and Citrix are the leading providers in server the virtualization infrastructure market. The server virtualization management market is currently wide open with more than 100 vendors supplying products that meet some of the requirements in the management stack. The big four management software vendors are BMC Software, CA, HP and IBM/Tivoli.  On the other hand, the hosted virtual desktop market is quite crowded and full of opportunities

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3 Responses to “Server Virtualization will be the common trend for 2011”

  1. SaaS Software as a service SOA under cloud computing through Rich Internet Applications Says:

    Yeah that’s true, you can call it a clean network or green network. Cloud has added a push to this green network, to make it ever green. Initially people were skeptical about virtual networking but now they are comfortable with it. The performer is now the software or OS which performs under virtualization.

  2. Rob Says:

    Posting my reply here on the blog as a comment back to @JoannMoretti (via Twitter) who said: @robkruk great article & #virtualization definitely paves way for private #cloud however private cloud also reqs service automation capability.

    Here is my response to Joann:

    You are absolutely correct! As your Cloud requirements grow so do the management requirements. There are quite a few vendors getting into the Service Automation space most notably BMC and CA. They have made service automation more of a reality than just a dream in the past several years. Especially in a private “Cloud” environment it’s very easy to create new servers. IT groups quickly find themselves with more system images than they can manage effectively, even as they reduce their hardware count.

    And it is not easy to track or update images that are scattered around as files. The labor costs associated with managing all these configurations tend to drive IT departments toward, Cloud automation tools. The companies that I have worked with tend to start with automated configuration management and eventually move to utility-style service automation framework based on their business needs.

    Most organizations that are embarking on a cloud strategy and who have an active cost management strategy will be making the move to some sort of Service Automation toolset to manage their Private cloud.

  3. joanne Says:

    Right ON and thanks for commenting back! And don’t forget to mention HP’s Cloud Service Automation and Cloud System provide all of those capabilities plus bursting and managing across a Hybrid (traditional, private or public) environment as well to give customers maximum flexibility and freedom to choose the platforms that make the most sense for their business…let us know if you need a briefing!!

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