Virtualization… Hurry up already

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By: jasondea

November 2, 2009 10:59 am

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In the process of cleaning out my desk I’ve discovered that I’m a bit of a pack rat when it comes to industry whitepapers, and documents sent to me by various analysts.

Came across a rather interesting one from September 2007, from Gartner.

“US Datacenters: The Calm Before the Storm”

According to Gartner, “by 2011, more than 70% of US enterprise data centers will face tangible disruptions related to floor space, energy consumption and cost”. In fact they also predict that “infrastructure demands and increasing energy costs mean that IT costs could double by 2012”.

Quite alarming if you ask me. Now that we’re 2 years past when the article was first published, I wonder if IT is still tracking to hit those “milestones” or if the rapid adoption of virtualization has helped stave off this disaster.

From what I’ve seen in the front lines, enterprises are gobbling up virtualization at an incredible rate, even still, most statistics will show that less than 20% of today’s x86 servers have been virtualized. Transforming IT infrastructure is always a long process, but more than ever as we come closer and closer to those deadlines laid out by Gartner, I predict that this evolution from Physical to Virtual will accelerate.

Vendors like Novell, with our PlateSpin Workload Management suite of solutions, should be well positioned to help move things along.

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